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Disney Programming Exec Rubin Dies

Veteran Disney Channel programming executive Carol Rubin died suddenly
this past weekend, officials said Wednesday.

Rubin, a 56-year-old resident of Sherman Oaks, Calif., joined Disney Channel
in 1984. As executive director of original movies, Rubin played a critical role
in the development and production of the network's made-for-TV movie
franchise.

During her tenure, she supervised productions such as The Old Curiosity
Shop
, starring Peter Ustinov, and action-adventure Brink.

Prior to joining Disney Channel, Rubin had an 11-year stint at ABC, serving
as executive producer of miniseries and director of dramatic development, with
projects such as Masada and Roots II under her belt.

'Carol Rubin was ruled by her passion -- for her friends, for making great
movies, for life,' Anne Sweeney, president of the ABC Cable Networks Group, said
in a prepared statement.

'In her 17 years at Disney Channel, she touched thousands of people
personally by the work she did and millions of kids and families by the films
she supervised,' Sweeney added.

Rubin is survived by her father, Samuel Rubin of North Miami Beach, Fla., and
her brother, Ted Rubin, of Dallas.

Funeral services are slated for Friday, Nov. 9, at 2:30
p.m. at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Calif.