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WERNER MICHEL

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MICHEL--Werner, Broadway writer/producer, television producer and long-time advertising agency program/media executive died peacefully a few weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday, on August 27th, 2010. He leaves his beloved wife of 41 years, Rosemary. Born in 1910 in Detmold, Germany, his early years were in Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology at the Sorbonne. He and his brother came to the United States just prior to the outbreak of WWII. After studying with Kurt Weill, he wrote and produced two musical reviews: "Reunion in New York" and "Reunion in Vienna." John Houseman brought him to Voice of America, where he was the Director. Later, he was Executive Producer at Dumont Television, and later worked on the Soap, Edge of Night at CBS, through Benton and Bowles. Various assignments at CBS including working on the Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He moved back to the Agency side working in programming at Reach, McClinton and SSC&B, where he supervised the Lucy Show for Lever Brothers. Fred Silverman brought him to ABC as a consultant. Later at MGM he was a producer of two successful television shows, "FAME" and "CHiPs". After retirement, he worked at Bozell & Jacobs. Werner was unique. He was passionate, but very critical. He always called it as he saw it, regardless of the political ramifications. He will be greatly missed.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 1, 2010
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