Brad Lyons, the Seven Network’s former director of production and a network executive for 20 years, died on Sunday from cancer.
After joining the broadcaster in 1997 as head of infotainment, he climbed the management ladder and oversaw some of its biggest franchises including My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, Little Big Shots, The Chase, Dancing With the Stars and First Dates.
Among the shows he was most proud of, he pointed to Dancing with the Stars, Deal or No Deal and My Kitchen Rules.
Australia was the first territory in the world to acquire the UK format Strictly Come Dancing and the first to strip Deal or No Deal Monday-Friday.
A former journalist, he worked for newspapers in Western Australia before joining Seven News in Perth. He then worked for the Nine Network and Beyond Productions before returning to Seven.
Former Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner tells If: