Francis La Maina
Francis La Maina, the former COO of Dick Clark Productions, died on April 8, 2022. He was 82. La Maina also served on the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors. He joined Dick Clark Productions in 1966 as head of the accounting department. By 1972, he became a director of the company and rose to Vice President of Business Affairs in 1973. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 1977 and COO in 1986. For over 25 years, La Maina represented Clark as his business advisor. In addition, La Maina handled business matters related to the company’s programming, including the ACM Awards, American Bandstand, the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.