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Bill Brady, a longtime director of CBS News programs and four-time chairman of the DGA’s Network Negotiating Committee, died Wednesday in New York, the guild announced. He was 65.
No cause of death was immediately available.
Brady, the recipient of the DGA’s prestigious Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2009, chaired the guild’s committee that negotiates agreements on behalf of members who primarily work in news and sports in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. He served on every Network Negotiating Committee since 1987.
DGA national executive director Russell Hollander, who worked with Brady in the guild’s New York office, said in a statement that Brady was “larger than life” and “brought style and grandeur to everything that he did.”
“Bill’s specialty was turning chaos into magic,” Hollander added. “Regardless of how fluid a situation was, he knew how to take control of it — and that’s what made him shine in the control room and the boardroom. Negotiating is tough, often grueling work — but Bill had the uncanny ability to cut through the tension and gain consensus across the bargaining table. His intention was always to serve the greater good.”
Added DGA president Thomas Schlamme: “Bill was a gifted collaborator and tireless advocate on behalf of his fellow members. His keen negotiating prowess resulted in strong contractual advances for all of our members working in news and sports.”
A CBS News director for more than three decades, Brady helmed CBS programs including Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, The Saturday Early Show, The Early Show and the 2001 special Survivor: Countdown to Africa; Sunday Morning Classics on ESPN; and Food TV’s The Next FTV Star 2007 Finale.
Brady graduated from Queens College in New York and started out in the mailroom at CBS before becoming a production assistant and then associate director at WCBS-TV.
Brady was elected DGA second vice president in 2007, serving through 2013. He also was a member or alternate on the Eastern Directors Council for 20 years, a trustee of the DGA Foundation for 14 years and a member of the DGA Honors Committee.
Survivors include his four children.
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