Howard L. Zukerman was the wealthy British producer of the American television show Exposé. He lived as an ex-pat in a palatial estate in Sydney, Australia, and had many ex-wives, a current wife, and an affair with one of his show's guest stars, Nikki Fernandez.
On September 18, 2004, Mr. Zukerman was poisoned by his hired chef Paulo, who had conspired with Nikki (who was actually Paulo's girlfriend). His cause of death was reported as "heart failure," as authorities did not suspect what had really caused the heart failure.
Paulo and Nikki murdered Howard in order to obtain a key he kept around his neck. The key was to a hidden safe that held a small pouch of diamonds, supposedly worth $8 million dollars. The diamonds were hidden inside a Russian matryoshka doll.
Howard was the "creative force" for the following hit television series:
- Dr. Kincaid, Esquire
- Strike Team Alpha
- Howard is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "noble watchman".
- The surname Kincaid is the name of one of Mr. Zukerman's shows, and also the surname of William Kincaid, Locke's physiotherapist.
- Zukerman, in German, translates loosely to "sugar man," or more appropriately, "sugar daddy."
- The casting call described he as "Mr. Zuckerman, a 70ish, wealthy Australian tv producer. He has many ex-wives, a current wife, and a hot young girlfriend from one of his current shows."