Category:Producers who committed suicide
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The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Joe Cino – Joseph Cino, was an Italian-American theatrical producer and café-owner. The beginning of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement is credited to have begun at Cino’s Caffe Cino. In 1958, retired dancer Joe Cino rented a storefront at 31 Cornelia Street in New York Citys Greenwich Village in order to open a coffeehouse in which his friends could socialize. So intimate was his clientele that he and those customers in his inner circle actually created their own patois, not originally intending that Caffe Cino would become a theatrical venue, Cino instead visualized a café where he could host folk music concerts, poetry readings, and art exhibits. Actor/director Bill Mitchell says it was he who suggested that Cino add plays to the performance mix, dated photographs show that plays were staged on his coffeehouse’s floor from at least December 1958, after 1960 usually directed by actor/director Bob Dahdah. Cino at first saw theatre as just another kind of event to host, dozens and then more dozens of theatres appeared, based on the Cino model, in places which made their living other ways—cafes, bars, art galleries, and churches. To distinguish it from Broadway and Off-Broadway, this new outside/underground theatre world came to be known as Off-Off-Broadway. For the first time in history, the stage could be an area of primary expression, rebellion, novelty, Caffe Cino’s first theatrical offerings were plays from established playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Jean Giraudoux. The first original play Cino produced is thought to be James Howard’s Flyspray, Cino became so excited by the audience’s and his own response to the plays that he quickly established a weekly schedule for theatrical performances. He would introduce the acts with the phrase, Its magic time, the first performances at Caffe Cino were done on the café floor. Eventually, Cino constructed a makeshift 8’ x 8’ stage from milk cartons, the limited space dictated a need for small casts and for minimal sets, usually built from scraps Cino found in the streets. Cino relied heavily on lighting designer Johnny Dodd, who lit the stage using electricity stolen from the city grid by Joe Cino’s lover, the space made for intimacy between the performers and audience, with little room for typical fourth-wall illusionary theatre. Cino decorated the café with fairy lights, mobiles, glitter dust, and Chinese lanterns, Cino seldom read the plays submitted for his consideration, rather, he was more likely to ask a novice playwright what his astrological sign was. If he liked the answer, he staged the play, mason and players such as Al Pacino and Bernadette Peters would go on to significant commercial and critical success, winning Tonys and Pulitzers, among other honors. Doric Wilsons four 1961 hits made him Off-Offs first cult success and proved there was an audience for new. Paul Fosters Beckettian puppet play, Balls, was so talked about that one of the first articles about Off-Off-Broadway was titled, the Cino was a friendly social center for gays at a time when most openly gay life was restricted to bars and bathhouses. The musical Dames at Sea opened at the Cino in May 1966 for an unprecedented twelve-week run. That, other long runs, and revivals of past hits, plus the availability of facilities in some of the new theatres which the Cino had inspired
2. Don Cornelius – Eventually Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008. Cornelius was born on Chicagos South Side on September 27,1936, after graduating from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, automobiles, and insurance and he quit his day job to take a three-month broadcasting course in 1966, despite being married with two sons and having only $400 in his bank account. In 1966, he landed a job as an announcer, news reporter, Cornelius joined Chicago television station WCIU-TV in 1967 and hosted a news program called A Blacks View of the News. In 1970, he launched Soul Train on WCIU-TV as a local show. The program entered syndication and moved to Los Angeles the following year. Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Hutton, originally a journalist and inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue in the United States for soul music. Cornelius said, We had a show that kids gravitated to, with the creation of Soul Train, Don was able to keep the movement going well past Martin Luther Kings death. He kept the momentum going well on through the 1970s and 1980s and he gave African Americans their own show, the first of its kind. In this show he was able to show African Americans in a new light, before he did this, African Americans were seldom seen on television. Soul Train showcased their culture and brought African American musicians and dancers to television and this show even appealed to white audiences and it got huge attention. It was one of the most groundbreaking television shows ever, besides his smooth and deep voice and afro, Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show. And you can bet your last money, its all gonna be a stone gas, im Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul. After Corneliuss departure, it was shortened to. and as always, we wish you love, peace, and was used through the most recent new episodes in 2006. Another introductory phrase he used was, We got another sound comin out of Philly thats a sure nough dilly. He had a number of film roles, most notably as record producer Moe Fuzz in 1988s Tapeheads. Cornelius last appeared on the episode of the TV series Unsung featuring Full Force, on October 17,2008, Cornelius was arrested at his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive on a felony domestic violence charge. Cornelius appeared in court on November 14,2008, and was charged with spousal abuse, on March 19,2009, he changed his plea to no contest and was placed on 36 months probation
3. Joe Meek – Robert George Joe Meek was an English record producer, sound engineer and songwriter who pioneered space age and experimental pop music. He also assisted the development of recording practices like overdubbing, sampling, Meeks charting singles he produced for other artists include Johnny Remember Me, Just Like Eddie, Angela Jones, Have I the Right. and Tribute to Buddy Holly. The Tornados instrumental Telstar, written and produced by Meek, became the first record by a British rock group to number one in the US Hot 100. It also spent five weeks at one in the UK singles chart. He also produced music for such as Live It Up. Meeks concept album I Hear a New World, which contains innovative use of sounds, was not fully released in his lifetime. In 2014, Meek was ranked the greatest producer of all time by NME, elaborating, Meek was a complete trailblazer, the legacy of his endless experimentation is writ large over most of your favourite music today. At the time of his death, Meek possessed thousands of unreleased recordings later dubbed The Tea Chest Tapes and his commercial success as a producer was short-lived, and he gradually sank into debt and depression. On 3 February 1967, using a shotgun owned by musician Heinz Burt, Meek killed his landlady Violet Shenton, during his national service in the Royal Air Force, he worked as a radar technician which increased his interest in electronics and outer space. From 1953 he worked for the Midlands Electricity Board and he used the resources of the company to develop his interest in electronics and music production, including acquiring a disc cutter and producing his first record. He then put enormous effort into Denis Prestons Landsdowne Studio but tensions between Preston and Meek soon saw Meek leaving, during his time he recorded US actor George Chakiris for SAGA Records and it was this that led him to Major Wilfred Alonzo Banks and an independent career. He also engineered many jazz and calypso records including vocalist and percussionist Frank Holder, in January 1960, together with William Barrington-Coupe, Meek founded Triumph Records. At the time Barrington-Coupe was working at SAGA records in Empire Yard, Holloway Road for Major Wilfred Alonzo Banks, the label very nearly had a No.1 hit with Meeks production of Angela Jones by Michael Cox. Cox was one of the singers on Jack Goods TV music show Boy Meets Girl. As an independent label, Triumph was dependent on small pressing plants, the record made a respectable appearance in the Top Ten, but it demonstrated that Meek needed the distribution network of the major companies for his records to reach the shops when it mattered. Its indifferent business results and Meeks temperament eventually led to the labels demise, Meek later licensed many Triumph recordings to labels such as Top Rank and Pye. That year Meek conceived, wrote and produced an Outer Space Music Fantasy an Album I Hear A New World with a band called Rod Freeman & the Blue Men, the album was shelved for decades, apart from the release of some EP tracks taken from it. Meek went on to set up his own company known as RGM Sound Ltd with toy importer
4. Anil Ramdas – Anil Ramdas was a Dutch-Surinamese columnist, correspondent, essayist, journalist, and TV and radio host. In 1997 he was awarded the E. du Perron prize for all of his works, Ramdas committed suicide on 16 February 2012. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed his regret about Ramdas death in his press conference. Dutch Wikipedia Anil Ramdas version 31 January 2008 Godhra and After, The Role of Media India First Foundation - April 6,2002
5. Pete Smith (film producer) – Pete Smith was an American publicist, short subject producer and narrator. A native of New York City, Smith began working as a publicist at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1920s and he later moved into film making. He is best known for his series of shorts, the Pete Smith Specialties, Smith produced and narrated over 150 shorts which earned him two Best Live Action Short Film Academy Awards. In 1953, he was awarded an Academy Honorary Award for his short films, Smiths later years were spent in a Santa Monica convalescent home due to ill health. In January 1979, Smith jumped to his death from the roof of the home, Smith was born Peter Schmidt in New York City. He began his career as an aide for a vaudeville performers union, Smith then worked as an editor and critic for a trade magazine before becoming a press agent. By 1915 he was doing publicity for Bosworth, Inc. followed by the Oliver Morosco Photoplay Co. Artcraft Pictures Corporation, and Famous Players-Lasky and he was one of the founding members of the Associated Motion Picture Advertisers. In 1925, Smith was hired as the head of publicity for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by Louis B and he was later recruited to overdub the actions of trained dogs in the studios Dogville Comedies. Smith would go on to narrate the studios sports newsreels, he would embellish the action by running certain scenes in reverse and his distinctively sharp tenor voice and nasal tone were instantly recognizable and a trade-mark of the series. Most of Smiths films were documentaries, typically one reel. Short subjects in this era were part of the studios exhibition packages, along with serials, animated cartoons, newsreels, travel documentaries, etc. Among the diverse topics Smith covered in his films were Emily Post-style household hints, insect life seen through a microscope, military training and hardware. There were even several series-within-the-series, such as lighthearted general-knowledge quizzes, professional football highlights, quirky looks at many different kinds of animals, in the 1940s, movie stuntman and actor Dave OBrien became the primary focus of Pete Smith Specialties. OBriens scenes were shot silent, compelling OBrien to express his satisfaction or frustration entirely in terms as narrator Smith offered get-a-load-of-this commentary. OBrien knew the format so well that he directed many of the shorts. He staged many of the sight gags himself, taking stupendous pratfalls for the camera, many of the laughs generated by the highly ironic voice-over narration were delivered by Smith himself. His somewhat nasal, matter-of-fact vocal style was imitated and parodied, Smith produced and narrated over 150 shorts which earned him fourteen Academy Award nominations and two Best Live Action Short Film Academy Awards