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David Lyle

  • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Date of passing: 
September 22, 2017

Obituary

Obituary: 

David Lyle was an executive best known for his pioneering work in reality television. Most notably, he headed FremantleMedia North America when American Idol was brought to the U.S. in 2002.

After being named CEO of National Geographic Channels in 2011, he helped bring that network into scripted territory, including Wicked Tuna, Life Below Zero, the Emmy-nominated Brain Games and Bill O'Reilly's Killing series.

The Sydney native began his work in entertainment as a writer and segment producer for the TEN and Australian Broadcasting Networks in his home country.

In 1988 he transitioned to Nine Network, where he rose to head of development and created local versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Changing Rooms, the basis for TLC's Trading Spaces.

Lyle died September 22, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 67.

David Lyle was an executive best known for his pioneering work in reality television. Most notably, he headed FremantleMedia North America when American Idol was brought to the U.S. in 2002.

After being named CEO of National Geographic Channels in 2011, he helped bring that network into scripted territory, including Wicked Tuna, Life Below Zero, the Emmy-nominated Brain Games and Bill O'Reilly's Killing series.

The Sydney native began his work in entertainment as a writer and segment producer for the TEN and Australian Broadcasting Networks in his home country.

In 1988 he transitioned to Nine Network, where he rose to head of development and created local versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Changing Rooms, the basis for TLC's Trading Spaces.

Lyle died September 22, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 67.

 

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