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Frederick Schneier, Viacom Executive and Producer, Dies at 95

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EJ Panaligan editor Frederick Schneier, an entertainment industry veteran of more than 45 years, died on Sept. 15 in his Los Angeles home.

He was 95. Schneier most prominently served as an executive at Viacom, where he helped to develop Showtime Networks in the 1980s and later became president and CEO of Viacom Pictures.

Schneier was born on May 31, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army and eventually attended New York University to study business with an emphasis on marketing.

He met his wife of 67 years, Joyce, shortly after he graduated from NYU and the couple married in 1955. His career in film and television kicked off in 1958 when he and his mentor, Robert C.

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