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Philip Scheffler, Senior Producer at ’60 Minutes,’ Dies at 85

7 April 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Philip Scheffler, whose five-decade career included a long stint as lieutenant to “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, died at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan on Thursday. He was 85.

Beginning in 1980, when he was named senior producer of the news magazine, Scheffler was involved in producing every “60 Minutes” report until he retired in 2003. (He also served as executive editor for several years.)

Before being named to this top-level producing post, Scheffler produced “60 Minutes” segments for Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry Reasoner and Dan Rather for nine years. Scheffler was the even-tempered fellow who had to play diplomat among the big egos in the screening room.

Born in New York, Scheffler was hired by Hewitt in 1951 as a copy boy on CBS’ “Douglas Edwards With the News,” the first network TV news program, which Hewitt produced and directed. In 1951 Scheffler also became the news show’s first street reporter. »

- Variety Staff

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