Hollywood is mourning the loss of iconic television executive John Litvack. Litvack died at a long-term care facility in L.A. on March 21 from complications following heart surgery, according to Variety. He was 69.
Litvack is credited with showing future entertainment moguls J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti and Joss Whedon the TV ropes when they were cub showrunners at The WB. Long before he was head of scheduling and current programming for the now-defunct network, Litvack made a name for himself directing soap operas.
According to Deadline, he directed episodes of The Guiding Light, Search For Tomorrow and The Edge of Night from 1968-1975. He later served as director of daytime programming for CBS from 1975-78, prior to stints at MGM and NBC. At the Peacock Network, he helped shepherd such monster hits as Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Miami Vice, A-Team, Remington Steele and Knight Rider.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.