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Unit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96.
Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay said, “From his first job as the assistant to the head of production at Columbia in 1949 to his final film as unit production manager for ‘Family Plan’ in 1997, Abby Singer was renowned for working consistently, enthusiastically and most importantly – efficiently.
“It was this efficiency that led to the coining of a phrase known throughout the entertainment industry and around the world as the ‘Abby Singer shot’ – the next to last shot of the day.”
The last shot of the day is often known as the “Martini” shot.
Singer explained in an interview that announcing the second-to-last shot would give the crew a chance to »
- Dave McNary
Abby Singer, whose career in production management in film and television spanned over five decades, has died at the age of 96. He passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Country House on Thursday before 6 a.m. of cancer and old age, a Directors Guild of America spokesperson stated. The longtime industry veteran worked on TV series' The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant and The Bob Newhart Show. He is also credited for having the second to last shot of the day on many sets being
- Erik Hayden
Abby Singer, a veteran production manager and assistant director and a DGA member for more than 60 years, died this morning of cancer and old age at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96. Singer got his start working as an assistant for Harry Cohn’s right-hand man Jack Fier at Columbia Pictures in 1949 after a stint in the Navy and moved on to Universal in 1957 to work in TV. He eventually landed at Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker’s Mtm Productions, where he oversaw such series as Rhoda, Phyllis, The Bob Newhart Show, Wkrp In Cincinnati, The White Shadow, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. His last film as unit production manager was on 1997′s Family Plan. He later taught at the American Film Institute Conservatory. But Singer’s name is known to film and TV crews everywhere for a production shot that came to »
- PATRICK HIPES, Managing Editor
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