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Howard Lipstone, TV Producer, Partner of Alan Landsburg, Dies at 87

26 August 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Longtime TV executive Howard H. Lipstone, whose career spanned five decades in the industry, died in Los Angeles on August 24 from the effects of a recent stroke. He was 87.

Lipstone, along with his business partner Alan Landsburg, founded Alan Landsburg Productions in 1970, and the company played an important role in the development of early “reality” programming and the socially conscious made-for-tv movies and miniseries genre in the 1970s and ’80s.

As president and executive in charge of production at Alan Landsburg Productions, Lipstone guided such projects as “Adam,” the true story of missing child Adam Walsh, whose kidnapping and murder spurred the establishment of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; “The Ryan White Story,” which spotlighted AIDS and the reality of its impact on society; and “Bill,” the story of an intellectually disabled man that garnered star Mickey Rooney a Golden Globe. Other well-received telepics included “A Stoning in Fulham County »

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