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Gene Weed, producer / director, 64

Friday August 6 3:17 AM ET 

TV producer Weed dies of cancer
By Doug Galloway

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Prolific TV producer and director Gene Weed, who
began his career as a highly rated radio disc jockey in Los Angeles during
the 1960s, died Thursday of cancer. He was 64.

Weed, who served as senior VP of television for Dick Clark Prods., helped
develop, produce and direct numerous TV series, specials and annual
events. For many years, he produced or directed the Golden Globe Awards,
The Academy of Country Music Awards and The Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Other TV specials of note produced or directed by Weed include: Farm Aid
III and IV, The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars and the three-hour Live Aid
concert for ABC.

Before joining Dick Clark Prods., Weed was a producer and director of
music videos when they were in their infancy. He worked with such
recording artists as Glen Campbell, the Fifth Dimension, Creedence
Clearwater Revival and Debby Boone.

Born April 12, 1935 in Dallas, he embarked on a career as a disc jockey
while attending North Texas State University. He spent the next 15 years
as one of the most highly rated air personalities in every market he
worked in, including Dallas, Miami, Omaha and Los Angeles.

During 1964-65, he segued into television, hosting the half-hour
nationally syndicated TV show ``Shivaree,'' which aired in more than 150
markets in the U.S. and seven countries internationally. The show aired
for three years.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Toni, seven children, a brother
and a sister. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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