Monday, May 05, 2008

Daniela Welteke Howden

Sad news. Daniela Welteke Howden, who moved 20th Century Fox Television into the international production business, has died after a long, brave battle against cancer.

Daniela was married to our pal Peter Howden. She was only 45.

German-born Daniela oversaw the Fox Television Studios' early moves into the international production business with the roll-outs of formats like Temptation Island, Joe Millionaire, The Simple Life and Murder in Small Town X. But she stepped down as executive VP and head of operations at Fox World in 2004 in order to focus on fighting cancer, a fight that ended April 25th in Australia. Members of her family, including Pete and friends were with her at the time.

Daniela had also worked as a programming executive on Twentieth TV shows, including daytime talkshow Fox After Breakfast and first-run talk strip Gabrielle. Before moving to the US, she worked at Germany's Beta Film on its US coproductions such as Baywatch, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Scarlett.

She and Pete had a lot of joy together. We only wish they had more time.

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