Although Dann began his career at NBC, it was his tenure at CBS that made him known as one of the shrewdest programmers of his day. He was CBS’ programming chief from 1963 to 1970, during which he delivered such hits as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, 60 Minutes and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Former CBS programming chief Michael Dann died on Friday at the age of 94. His daughter, Patty Dann, confirmed his death to the New York Times.
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One of Dann’s final acts at CBS was striking a deal with Norman Lear to develop All in the Family.
Dann is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.