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Jim Paratore

TMZ Founder

Dies at 58

5/29/2012 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.I.P.

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Jim Paratore
-- the man who founded TMZ and created a slew of hit shows including "Ellen" and "Rosie" -- died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday during a bike trip in France.

Jim was President of Telepictures -- a division of Warner Bros. --  when he dreamed up the idea of getting into the digital business back in 2006.  Jim and Harvey developed the concept of TMZ ... and Jim sold it to the big wigs, which was no small feat.

Jim was a driving force behind TMZ.com and then was critical in creating the TMZ television show. 

Jim was a huge force in the TV business.  After Ellen DeGeneres came out, no one wanted to take a chance on her.  Jim recognized her great talent and literally went station to station across the country and convinced very nervous and reluctant general managers that they should take a chance on her -- that she was a talent who could connect with and touch everyone ... and Jim was right.



Jim was a triple threat -- an amazingly creative guy who never let convention get in the way of a good idea.  He was also a great producer who could execute the ideas that were in his head.  And he was the best salesman in the world -- Jim could convince anyone of anything.

His list of credits is endless.  On his watch, a slew of shows were produced, including "The People's Court," "The Bachelor," "Extra," "Judge Mathis"  and on and on.

He was also hilarious.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique Paratore.

Everyone at TMZ was touched by Jim's brilliance and the loss is great and painful. 

Jim was 58.

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James25    

Sounds like a great guy who did a lot of great things. My best wishes to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

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Rufus Greenjeans    

Too young. Rest in peace.

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R.J. Johnson    

RIP - you were a production genius!

690 days ago
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cadahstem    

Wow, this is extremely sad, my condolences are with his family. Watch the show everyday, i'm sure the TMZ family is heartbroken.

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Steve D    

Rest in Peace, Jim. You are gone way before your time, and you will be missed by many who's lives you touched.

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mamajj    

So sad. Too young to be gone. RIP Jim

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nikki    

So sorry for your loss TMZ. We love you guys.
Love to his family RIP Jim

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Flying Blind    

He must have been good to get someone to buy a show with Rosie as the host....................RIP.

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Bridget    

Gone way to soon. Prayers to him, his family, friends and the TMZ staff. RIP Jim

690 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

Best wishes to all his family and friends.

RIP, Jim.

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Dita Wildflower    

So no tragic jokes, no insinuations and gossip about his life/death? Gotta say TMZ, to every other person you've posted about their death you've always made it a little ugly...but since you guys LIKE this man, know this man, respect this man, you keep it straight and serious? What's that all about....

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R.J. Johnson    

RIP - You were a production genius!

690 days ago
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CountryGal    

Hurry and get the 911 call up TMZ. Oh I bet you don't do that when it's your buddy eh?

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BD16    

surprised that hollywood reporter had reported this before TMZ

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carpentergirl    

Our thoughts go out to the TMZ family - what a sad thing to go through. Now if TMZ can just remember to report ALL deaths in this respectful manner...

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