Seven production boss Brad Lyons resigns

Seven’s Director of Production Brad Lyons has resigned after 20 years with the company.

Lyons, who joined Seven in 1997 as Head of Infotainment enjoyed previous roles including Head of Program Development, Head of Programming & Communications (Melbourne) and Head of Production, becoming Director of Network Production in 2012.

During that time he has overseen some of the network’s biggest local productions including My Kitchen Rules, Dancing with the Stars, House Rules, The Amazing Race Australia, Beauty & the Geek, Gladiators, Little Big Shots, The Chase, First Dates and more.

He departs at the end of the year.

In a note to staff CEO Tim Worner said Lyons would be missed.

“During Brad’s time in Production, either as EP or head of the department, Seven has launched more than 25 titles, including a number of original formats,” he wrote.

“Creation of original formats is considered the holy grail in our business and it’s this great achievement that has Brad regarded as one of the best, by production communities both here and overseas.

“We will miss his energy, his arguments, his irreverent sense of humour and the general ‘noise’ he makes whenever he enters a room or joins a meeting.

“As Brad makes his next move, he takes with him our respect and deepest thanks for his outstanding contribution to our company.”

Seven is to restructure internally following Lyons resignation, effective immediately. Director of Programming Angus Ross and Director of Content Distribution and Rights, Therese Hegarty will assume more responsibility.

Suzy Hounslow remains Head of Production whilst Rikkie Proost, currently Head of International Development and Production, will move to a newly created role, Head of Unscripted to oversee Factual and General Entertainment.

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