Seligman producer Joanne Dillon dies

Worked on Oscar telecast since 1999

Joanne Dillon, an associate producer at Seligman Entertainment who worked on the Academy Awards telecast since 1999, died June 14 in Los Angeles. She was 58.

Dillon served as an associate producer on the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in March. She also was a producer on benefit shows "Stand Up 2 Cancer" and "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education."

Dillon began her entertainment career running the Teleprompter for NBC's "Weekend Today" in New York, then moved to Los Angeles to work for MTV and Nickelodeon.

In 2000, she shifted to live events and assisted Michael Seligman on several Primetime Emmy Awards telecasts, Fox's "New Year's Eve Live!" and the annual "A Capitol Fourth" celebration.

Dillon was a generous supporter to an endless list of charities including several animal rescues. She raised money by participating each year in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and AIDS Walk New York.

Dillon is survived by her daughter, Tiana; her granddaughter, Dillon Mae; her son-in-law Jacob; and her siblings Patti, Maureen, Billy and Sandy.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, located between Homewood and Fountain avenues in Hollywood. Parking is available behind the building off Homewood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:

Reback Lee & Company Inc. Client Trust Account
f/b/o Ford Children College Fund
c/o Alan Reback
Reback Lee & Company Inc.
12400 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1275
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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