Norman Horowitz, Former CEO of MGM/UA Telecom, Dead at 82

Executive also ran Columbia Pictures Television and founded Polygram Television

Norman Horowitz, the former president and CEO of MGM/UA Telecommunications, passed away of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. He was 82.

A native of the Bronx who enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, Horowitz began his career in global television at Screen Gems in 1956 as an assistant in the editing room, rising through the ranks at Columbia Pictures Television, leaving briefly for CBS/Viacom from 1968-70 before returning to Columbia.

There, he became president of the television group until leaving the company in 1976. He then became the founder of Polygram Television and, later, president and CEO of MGM/UA Telecommunications in the mid-1980s.

Known for his wit, deal savvy and a global network of industry executives and friends, Horowitz was often referred to as “the best distribution man in the business.”

Horowitz is survived by his son, Steven and his family; his daughter, Eileen Horowitz Bastianelli and her daughters, Lola; and his ex-wife, Florence.

A memorial service is being planned for later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the New York chapter of The March of Dimes.