Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Emmet G. Lavery Jr

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Emmet G. Lavery Jr

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Former TV executive at Fox and Paramount produced telepics during the 1970s

Emmet G. Lavery Jr., television executive and producer and the son of an eminent playwright and screenwriter, died of natural causes in Encino, Calif., on Feb. 16. He was 86.

Tapped by former NBC president Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, Lavery joined the maverick Subscription Television (STV) as vice president and resident counsel; the odds of success for pay TV were considered high, and there were proposals for a constitutional amendment barring subscription TV. STV's premiere broadcast on July 17,1963, marked the first time any baseball had been sent by closed circuit into a residence of any kind.

In 1965, Lavery was named director of business affairs at 20th Century Fox Television, moving to Paramount Television as VP of business affairs in February 1967. …

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