Frank Beerman

Frank Beermann, former sports and television columnist for Variety, died May 21 in New York. He was 85.

At weekly Variety in New York, he was one of the first trade writers to cover the fledgling cable industry and covered the Moscow and Sarajevo Olympics for his Sports Channels column. He wrote for the trade newspaper Film-TV Daily in the 1960s and for Variety from 1971 to 1989.

Born in Brooklyn, Beerman lived most of his life in a walk-up in Greenwich Village.

He is survived by a daughter, Jane Stephens and a son, Luke, an exec at Dubai’s Rotana Television.