Seven production boss Brad Lyons exits after more than 20 years

Seven’s director of production Brad Lyons is set to depart the network after more than 20 years.

Lyons joined the company in 1997 as head of infotainment, before taking on roles such as head of program development, head or programming and communications and head of production.

Lyons (on the far right) is leaving the company after 20 years

In 2012, he took on the role of director of network production, where he has worked since.

During his time with Seven, Lyons has been behind some of the company’s most successful local sows, including My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, Little Big Shots, Dancing with the Stars and The Chase.

Following Lyons departure, programming director Angus Ross and content distribution director Therese Hegarty will take on his responsibilities.

The changes will aim to make programming and production more efficient and effective.

Head of drama Julie McGauran and head of development Sonya Wilkes will both report to Ross, while head of production Suzy Hounslow will report to Hegarty.

Rikkie Proost, head of international development and production, will take on the newly created role as head of unscripted, and will also report to Ross.

The international production activities which Proost previously engaged in, will be part of a new plan put together by Hegarty.

Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media said the company would miss “his energy, his arguments” and “his irreverent sense of humour”.

“After more than two decades with the mighty Seven, in a number of roles based in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and back to Sydney, there is no doubt Bradley will be missed,” Worner told staff in an email.

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

Lyons’ exit comes a month after Seven revealed it would make  $25m worth of job cuts, with the intention of saving $105m over the next two years.

A week ago, Seven announced a series of redundancies after it decided to discontinue its documentary series Murder Uncovered.


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