July 27, 2018
Home entertainment industry veteran Jon Barbour died July 26 after battling cancer.
Barbour was born and raised in Los Angeles. After beginning his career in the music business, Barbour joined what was then RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video in the mid-1980s as VP of production. He was responsible for the creation of all audio-visual elements, including trailers, sales presentations and television spots.
In late 1990, along with former RCA/Columbia president Gary Khammar, Barbour formed Light Source & Imagery. As partner and EVP, Barbour used the skills he developed at Columbia and produced countless video campaigns for many studios and networks, including Paramount, Sony, CBS, Universal and Fox.
With the advent of DVD, Light Source & Imagery, began producing special features for this new format. Barbour was instrumental in the creation of hundreds of hours of content, including most of the Paramount’s DVD library. In 2011, the company began producing feature-length documentaries and television programs. Barbour oversaw the development of numerous projects, including Warner Bros.’ 90th anniversary documentary and “Case Closed,” the CSI television special.
“All of us at Light Source & Imagery are at a loss for words on Jon’s passing,” Khammar told Media Play News. “His creativity, talent, humor and heart were the core elements of this company. I am heartbroken to have lost such an amazing partner and dear friend.”
“I had the honor of working with Jon during my five years at RCA/Columbia,” said Bill Sondheim, president of the Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “During that time I saw his endless energy and passion for creative content and design that helped define the category of special features that drove the DVD box set revenue juggernaut for all studios. Always the optimist, his infectious smile could energize any room. He will be missed by all.”
“I’ve known Jon Barbour since 1984, and I’ve only known him to be a kind, humorous and hardworking colleague and friend,” said Fritz Friedman, former SVP of worldwide publicity at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Friedman joined RCA/Columbia in 1980 in New York and later worked with Barbour on several marketing projects.
Barbour is survived by his two sons, Justin and Dylan.