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Ron Weaver Dies: Longtime TV Producer Won 3 Emmys

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
May 15, 2013|3:26 pm

Long-time daytime television producer Ron Weaver passed away in his home on Thursday at the age of 75.

Weaver, who's cause of death is still uncertain, began his television career at WCBS as a producer and writer for "Eye On New York" before moving to produce Children's Television Workshop. There he assisted in creating landmark programs such as: "The Electric Company," "3-2-1 Contact," "Feeling Good," "The Best of Families," and "Sesame Street."

In his 13 years at CTV, he also brought "Sesame Street" to international heights by helping them launch a Latin American franchise.

Best known for his 27 years as the producer of "The Bold and the Beautiful," he started first as an associate producer, then worked up to senior producer, and finally vice president of BBL distribution, according to WebProNews.

In his time with the program, Weaver won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and launched the show to new heights with co-creators, William J. Bell, and his wife Lee Phillip Bell.

Current "Bold and the Beautiful" executive producer, Bradley Bell, responded to the news.

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"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Weaver. Ron was talented, a good friend to all of us, and a 26 year producer of 'The Bold and the Beautiful.' He will be missed, will always be remembered and will forever remain in our hearts," said the producer.

Weaver was a member of the Writer's Guild of America for over 20 years, and wrote his first novel in 2010, titled "Soul Mate," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, his beginnings were even more humble, as he worked as a ventriloquist for local radio and TV in his home town of Mishawaka, Ind.

After high school, he served two years in the air force reserve before he moved to New York to pursue acting and use his degree in theater arts. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to begin the television portion of his career.

Weaver is survived by daughter Jen Finkle-Weaver and son, Kevin Weaver.

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