November 1 - Variety
By Variety Staff
Helmer produced 14 Oscarcasts, steered Geffen Playhouse
Gilbert "Gil" Cates, the versatile director and producer who produced a record 14 Academy Awards telecasts, has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 77.
Cates, whose film producing credits include "I Never Sang for My Father" and "The Last Married Couple in America," most recently oversaw the Oscars as executive producer in 2008, the 80th annual kudofest. He produced his first Oscarcast in 1990, which earned him a Primetime Emmy for his work.
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