Vale: Nick McMahon

Producer Nick MacMahon, the man behind hit series The Saddle Club, has died, aged 66.

Producer Nick MacMahon (The Saddle Club, Paradise Beach, Pacific Drive, The Adventures of Skippy) has died, aged 66.

McMahon was Vice President of Screen Producers Association of Australia from 2002-2007.

In a statement SPAA said, “SPAA is saddened to hear of the death in Melbourne yesterday of Nick McMahon, one of the industry`s great servants and loyal friend to many of us. Nick died after a short but intense battle with cancer.”

He orginally spent 13 years as the Crawfords Sales and Marketing Director, selling Australian products around the world but in 1987 he formed McMahon and Lake Pty Ltd with Michael Lake and was behind the Australian Mission Impossible series.

From 1991-1998 he was Managing Director of Village Roadshow Pictures before rejoining Crawfords as CEO in 1999, totalling 27 years with the company. He was Executive Producer of the internationally successful children’s series, The Saddle Club (pictured), and was responsible for the show’s merchandise and licensing strategy.

He also worked as an international consultant for the US television network HBO and was the Pacific Rim Representative of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), and Vice President of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) 2002-2007.

Source: IF, Deadline

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