TMZ founder Jim Paratore dies at 58

By Rhonda Leon

During a cycling trip in France Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012, 58-year-old Jim Paratore, prominent TV executive and founder of TMZ died suddenly of what appears to have been a heart attack.

Paratore was president of Telepictures, a production arm of Warner Bros. Television, from 1992 to 2006. His creative genius had a massive impact on the entertainment industry. Some of his many hit shows include “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “The Bachelor,” “Judge Mathis” and TMZ.

Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group offered the following: “He has left an indelible mark not only on our company’s success but on each of us who worked with him during the past 26 years. Jim had a passion for life, both inside and outside the entertainment industry, and he will truly be missed.”

Said Ellen DeGeneres, “My Friend, Producer and champion Jim Paratore died today. He gave me a chance when no one else would. I love you, Jim.”

Before joining Telepictures, Paratore worked as a programming director at several different Florida stations. He is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert and his daughter, Martinique Paratore.

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