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June 13, 2013

Bonny Dore, Producer and Executive

In addition to her work as a producer and production executive, Dore was active in many industry organizations, including Women in Film, which she served as president.

Bonny Dore, a producer and executive who was also active in such industry organizations as Women in FIlm and the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors, died February 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. She was 65.

According to news reports, the cause was cancer.

Dore began her career shortly after her graduation from the University of Michigan, when she became general manager and founder of radio station WSDP-FM 88.1 in Plymouth, Michigan.

She then moved to New York, where she co-created the award-winning children’s series Vegetable Soup for PBS. After returning to Detroit, she created and produced Hot Fudge for ABC. As a creative executive at ABC, Dore supervised primetime variety shows, specials and Saturday morning programming such as American Bandstand, Scooby Doo, The Krofft Supershow and Schoolhouse Rock.

In 1976, Dore became executive vice-president of development and production for Krofft Entertainment, where she developed and produced children’s programs, variety shows, specials, made-for-TV movies and feature films. These credits included The Krofft Comedy Hour, Middle-Age Crazy and Harry Tracy, Desperado.

With her own company, Dore produced such series as The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour and First Impressions, a comedy that featured Brad Garrett in his first major role. Her other credits included the hit miniseries Sins and Glory! Glory! and several television movies, including Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, Captive and The Rainbow Warrior.

Dore was also active in various entertainment industry organizations, including Women in Film, which she served as president from 1980-81, and the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, which she served as co-chair from 2005-2007.

In addition, she was a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which she served as a member of the Producers Peer Group Executive Committee. Other professional affiliations included the Producers Guild of America and the National Cable Academy.

Her numerous honors included two CableACE Awards and four International Television Movie Awards.

Dore is survived by her husband, Sanford Astor, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a niece Katherine Barnes, three step-children and seven step-grandchildren Mark, Lauren, Jayson, Jessica, Rachel, Carly and Daniel.

Read more about her life and work at:

Women in Film

The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors

Los Angeles Times

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