Courtesy : The Wrap
Leonard Goldberg, one of the industry's most prolific names has passed away at the age of 85. Goldberg was best known for producing mega projects like Charlie's Angels, Broadcast News and The Simpsons.
The Emmy Award winner, often credited for developing and introducing the made-for-TV movie format, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries resulting from a fall, a publicist announced.
Most recently, Goldberg, as president of Panda Productions, served as an executive producer on the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck, and served on the CBS board of directors from 2007-18.
"Leonard Goldberg was a friend of mine for almost 50 years," David Geffen said in a statement. "He was a pioneer in broadcasting … he was talented, creative, inventive, warm and devoted to his family. He gave many people their first job on TV including Barry Diller and Michael Eisner. I will miss him."
"Though the word is so often misused, Leonard Goldberg was the mentor of mentors to me and so many others — he gave you confidence and support and the leeway to make mistakes and he had the sure sense of himself to let you shine," Diller added. "He gave me my first job and nurtured a wrangly kid into something of an executive, and he was decent, kind and clever and a first-class citizen."
In addition to his wife, he's survived by his children Amanda, an author; Richard, a producer; and John, the mayor of Beverly Hills; their spouses; and five grandchildren.