Horowitz began his career in global television at Screen Gems in 1956, rising through the ranks at Columbia Pictures Television and also worked at CBS/Viacom and founded Polygram Television before running MGM/UA Telecommunications. He was 82.
Norman Horowitz, 82, the former President/CEO of MGM/UA Telecommunications, a top executive at other major entertainment companies, died of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
A native of the Bronx who enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, Horowitz began his career in global television at Screen Gems in 1956 as an assistant in the editing room, rising through the ranks at Columbia Pictures Television with a brief break to go to CBS/Viacom from 1968 to 1970 before returning to Columbia.
There, he became president of the television group until leaving the company in 1976. He then became the Founder of Polygram Television and, later, President/CEO of MGM/UA Telecommunications in the mid-1980s.
Known for his wit, incredible deal savvy and a global network of industry executives and friends, Horowitz was often referred to as “the best distribution man in the business.”
Horowitz is survived by his son, Steven G. Horowitz, daughter-in-law Katie Danziger and their children, Jake, Jilly and Josie; his daughter, Eileen Horowitz Bastianelli and her daughters, Lola and Maya; and his ex-wife, Florence Horowitz.
A memorial service is being planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the New York chapter of The March of Dimes.