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Alfred Masini dies at 80; creator of 'Entertainment Tonight'
Alfred Masini dies at 80; creator of 'Entertainment Tonight'

Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor." When Masini had several popular syndicated TV shows on the air in 1984, he downplayed his creativity,...

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