March 9, 2015

"An enormous loss"

'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon 
Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons and a veteran of the television industry for over four decades, passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday following a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was 59. The writer, cartoonist, producer, showrunner, poker player and philanthropist had been diagnosed with terminal cancer since late 2012, Variety reports.

...his input shaped the series into the long-running, globally beloved cultural behemoth that it is today.  Simon is still credited as an executive producer on the series, which has run for 568 episodes and counting.

Simon got his start as a newspaper cartoonist before he submitted a spec script for the sitcom Taxi in the early Eighties; It was on Taxi that he first worked with producer James L. Brooks, who would later serve as the co-creator of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. 

Brooks recruited Simon and cartoonist Matt Groening to create an animated segment to feature within the Ullman show, which in turn gave birth to The Simpsons.

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