The sad news of past Seven Network executive Brad Lyons, who oversaw the launch of iconic shows such as Dancing with the Stars, My Kitchen Rules, Deal or No Deal, House Rules and The Chase Australia, has died following a battle with cancer.
James Warburton, Seven West Media CEO, said: “On behalf of all of us at SWM, we were devastated to learn of Brad’s passing.
“Brad was an instrumental creative force at Seven for two decades. He saw the launch of over 25 titles in his time.
“We will all miss his energy and passion, which we were so lucky to experience. Brad was a second-to-none creative mind, and we were so fortunate to have a had chance to work with him and get to know him for the truly incredible person he was.
“Our thoughts are with Brad’s wife, Debbie, his three daughters, and all of his family and friends at this time.”
Lyons, Seven director of production, joined the network in 1997 as head of infotainment following previous roles as head of program development, head of programming and communications (Melbourne) and head of production, and director of network production.
He was a former newspaper journalist, Lyons was part of Seven’s executive “dream team” that included Tim Worner and Angus Ross.
Other big local productions that he was part of were The Amazing Race Australia, Beauty & the Geek, Gladiators and Little Big Shots, before departing in 2017.