Sheldon Mittleman, who worked for MCA/Universal for more than 20 years as house counsel, passed away on Sunday night in Los Angeles from natural causes, according to a family spokesperson. He was 89.
After starting his legal career at Screen Gems, Mittleman was hired as house counsel at MCA/Universal in the early 1970s. There, he worked with Lew Wasserman and Sid Sheinberg until the mid-1990s.
In 1995, Mittleman transferred to Universal Television’s business and legal affairs division after the Seagram Co. bought the corporation. He retired in the late 1990s, but he later took over as Steven Bochco Productions’ head of business and legal affairs.
Mittleman, who was born on August 31st, 1932, in Chicago, obtained his bachelor’s in arts from UCLA in 1953 and his law degree there in 1958. He was a lieutenant in the JAG Corps of the United States Air Force from 1954 until 1956.
Due to his in-depth familiarity with guild agreements, Mittleman represented MCA/Universal in discussions with numerous guilds and, after retiring, was frequently requested as an expert witness or consultant.
He is survived by his daughter Susan (and her husband John), son David (and his wife Lisa), and grandchildren Andrew and Lauren. On Thursday, a funeral ceremony will be place at Groman Eden Mortuary & Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills at 10 a.m.
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