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Leonard Franklin Hill

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Leonard Franklin Hill Obituary
October 11, 1947 - June 7, 2016 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Hill, a prolific producer/writer with over 30 years of experience in the film business, who died this morning at his home in Los Angeles. Through Leonard Hill Films (LHF), Hill produced more than 50 network television movies, four mini-series, and three dramatic series. Born on October 11, 1947, Hill began his career as a writer on the series "Adam-12." After stints at Universal TV, Paramount and MTM, Hill joined NBC as an executive in the dramatic series department. From 1977 until 1980, Hill was Vice President of Movies for ABC before venturing into independent production. In addition to producing filmed entertainment, Hill was the founder and chairman of the independent television distribution company Allied Communication, Inc. (ACI). The company joined a number of independent producers (Avnet/Kerner, The Steve Tisch Company, Jaffe/Braunstein, Robert Greenwald, Von Zerneck/Sertner, and Konigsberg/Sanitsky) into a highly successful enterprise that was sold to Pearson, Plc. in 1994. In 2001, Hill joined with Yuval Bar-Zemer to form Linear City, a real estate redevelopment company. Focused on the adaptive reuse of underutilized commercial buildings into architecturally distinctive mixed-use lofts, Linear City has won numerous awards for projects such as the Biscuit Company Lofts, The Toy Factory Lofts, Seventh + Bridge, the Traction Lofts and The Elysian. Hill joined with Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier this year to create the Leonard Hill Arts Plaza, a park and plaza for the public located in the Arts District alongside the LA River. Hill served on the board of the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Common Cause, and the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors, and most recently set up The Leonard Hill Foundation to benefit underprivileged citizens of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles native, Hill graduated from Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his MA from Stanford University. Hill lived in Hancock Park with his wife, Patricia Gordon, MD, and is survived by his step children Lindsey, Allie, and Ben, as well as Lindsey's husband Rick and Allie's husband Jeremy, all of whom Len is proud to call his own. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tessa and Annie. Private services will be held today.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 9, 2016
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