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April 9, 1944 - November 6, 2015 CHUCK GERBER, 71, from Encino, California, died on November 6, 2015 from complications with cancer. Chuck loved life, loved his family, and loved his job. Chuck was a long-time influential sports media consultant. He worked at ESPN for 15 years, most recently in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Collegiate Sports, a position he held since 2005. He originally came to the company in 1993 when ESPN acquired Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC), where he was working as a senior executive. Among the events Chuck was instrumental in organizing were the Skins Game, Senior Skins Game, LPGA Skins and the College Football Awards Show. In 1997, OCC and Creative Sports were combined to form ESPN Regional Television (ERT), with Chuck overseeing the new ESPN subsidiary, eventually as Executive Vice President. Upon departing ESPN in 2008, Gerber became a sports media consultant and worked closely with the SEC (Southeastern Conference). In that role, he was critical in the launch of the successful SEC Network. He also was a consultant for the BCS, NCAA, and additional athletic conferences. Prior to his work in sports entertainment, Chuck developed and produced programming for syndicated and pay television for both Casablanca IV and G2 Entertainment production companies (1987-91). He worked at MCA-TV Enterprises (1980-87), where he served as senior VP, responsible for development, production and acquisition of all first-run programming. He worked at NBC (1968-80), where he spent the last two years as VP, Program Development for NBC's owned stations. He began his career in 1966 as a media research analyst at WABC-TV in New York. He graduated from Adelphi University. He is survived by his wife Daryl Wood Gerber, his sons Craig and Jack, his daughter Jill, and four grandchildren, as well as a close extended family that includes Kevin Wood and his two children. Chuck will be buried in New Jersey.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15, 2015
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