Dick Delson Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 81

Dick Delson Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 81
Longtime Hollywood publicist Dick Delson died following a lengthy illness Sunday. He was 81. His death at an assisted-car facility in Yarmouth, Maine, was announced by niece Joanna Delson.

A member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Delson had more than 50 years of public relations, advertising, promotional and marketing experience. Delson supervised the press activities of hundreds of major motion pictures, independent films, television series and specials, many involving campaigns for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2003, he and George Lucas were recipients of the Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for Outstanding Service to the Entertainment Industry.

In addition to fronting his own Delson and Associates La-based firm, Delson teamed with the late Murray Weissman on Weissman Delson Communications from ’98-2005.

Prior to forming his own agency, Delson was National Director of Publicity/Promotion and Television Advertising for Walt Disney Productions,
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