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Attorney Ron Konecky Passes Away

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Konecky and wife, Isobel, at a 2007 event

Ron Konecky, the New York attorney who represented some of the biggest names in television news, passed away this morning TVNewser has learned. He was 80.

Konecky’s client list included Walter Cronkite, Morley Safer, Stone Phillips, Don Hewitt, Roone Arledge, Barbara Walters, Alec Baldwin, Harry Smith, Frank Gifford, Rick Kaplan, Budd Schulberg, and ABC’s Roger Goodman. His son-in-law Bob Wheelock, a former ABC News Senior Producer, said that Konecky had cut back some after a November surgery, but “never officially retired” and was still caring for clients’ affairs and estates in recent weeks.

He is survived by wife, Tony-nominated producer and performer Isobel Robins-Konecky, his daughter, ABC News producer Jennifer Konecky, and his son-in-law as well as two grandsons.

In addition to his work with television news legends, Konecky was heavily involved in the New York theater scene, where he and his wife were on the boards of The American Theatre Wing and The New Dramatists. Wheelock tells us that his father-in-law was “as proud of the theater work as anything.”

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Roger Goodman to Receive DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

Goodman_12.8.jpgVeteran ABC News director Roger Goodman will receive the Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction at the awards dinner in Los Angeles next month.

DGA president Taylor Hackford says Goodman’s “singular influence on modern news broadcasts has shaped the coverage of every significant event over the past 40 years.”

In April, Goodman announced he was leaving day-to-day work at the network to start his own production company while consulting for ABC News.

Roger Goodman Steps Aside from ABC News

Goodman_4.27.jpgLegendary ABC News director Roger Goodman is leaving day-to-day work at the network.

Goodman will focus on his independent production company while still making himself available to ABC News as needed. In a memo to staff, ABC News president David Westin writes, “Roger Goodman’s profound effect on television news and sports cannot be overstated.”

Goodman was director for special projects for the network. His last big project was the Academy Awards telecast but he’s worked on the Olympics, elections, the Millenium and more in his more than 30 years with ABC News.

After the jump, the Westin and Goodman memos…

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The Ticker: Bartiromo, Oscars, Mystery…

> Maria Bartiromo, who interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin just days before she was announced as the GOP VP candidate, will interview Palin and Sen. John McCain tomorrow morning. Insiders tell us the interview will happen at 9:30amET on CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street.”

> Veteran ABC News director Roger Goodman has been tapped to direct the 2009 Academy Awards telecast. Goodman, ABC’s VP of special projects, has directed every election night for ABC News going back to 1978, and he will again next Tuesday.

> The fourth book based on a 48 Hours Mystery broadcast comes out tomorrow. “Invitation to a Murder” unravels the secrets behind a seemingly perfect marriage to find out who was behind a double murder. The book is written by 48 Hours Mystery producer Gail Abbott Zimmerman.