A longtime television executive who was one of the champions of reality TV, and who oversaw National Geographic Channels, has died. Variety reports that David Lyle died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer. He was 67.
“The Australian native most recently served as president of Pact US, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers,” Variety reports. “After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America, where he helped launch ‘American Idol’ on Fox.”
Howard Owens, the co-CEO of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at National Geographic, is quoted in the story saying: “David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level. He was one of the kindest, most fun, and caring people I’ve ever known. He always had time to mentor people and help others out in their careers.”