A media mogul who had a hand in shaping Australian television has died. Deadline.com reports that Reg Grundy died Friday at his home in Bermuda. He was 92.
Grundy was behind the soap operas “Neighbours,” “Sons and Daughters,” “The Young Doctors” and “Prisoner: Cell Block H.” Earlier in his career he produced game shows, including “Blankety Blanks” and the Australian “Wheel of Fortune.”
“Grundy started his career in radio, hosting a local version of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and moving with it to television in 1959 when he founded production company the Reg Grundy Organisation,” Deadline reports. “Other shows that were produced by the company included ‘The Restless Years,’ ‘The Young Doctors’ and ‘Sons And Daughters.’ In 1995, Grundy sold the company to Pearson Television, which is now FremantleMedia.”
“Neighbours,” which has been on the air since 1985, has featured a number of actors who have gone on to successful careers, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe, Deadline notes.