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Brandon Stoddard dies at 77; ABC exec behind 'Roots,' 'Thorn Birds'
Brandon Stoddard dies at 77; ABC exec behind 'Roots,' 'Thorn Birds'

Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC executive who played a key role in the 1970s classic "Roots" and other pioneering miniseries, has died. He was 77. Stoddard, who died Monday at his home in Bel-Air, had bladder cancer, said his wife, Mary Anne Dolan. At a time when broadcasters commanded a much higher share of the audience than they do today, Stoddard stood even higher than the rest, as a principled executive with sophisticated taste and a number of groundbreaking hits. In addition to "Roots" - a sprawling adaptation of Alex Haley's book about several generations of an African American slave family - Stoddard oversaw such miniseries as "The Winds of...

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