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Kylie Minogue Pays Tribute to Late Australian TV Mogul and 'Neighbours' Creator Reg Grundy
Kylie Minogue has paid tribute to Reg Grundy, the Australian TV pioneer, creator and producer who helped launch her career and many others with such hit dramas as as Neighbours.
The Aussie pop singer shared a vintage photo of the soap’s cast with the caption, “Here's to #Neighbours & his many other TV creations ... #RegGrundy RIP.”
Grundy passed away at his home in Bermuda at the age of 92. He had reportedly been battling ill health over the last few months.
Jason Donovan, Minogue’s co-star on the show and collaborator on the ‘80s pop hit “Especially for You,” tweeted, “Sad news about Reg Grundy. One of the true pioneers of Australian television who gave opportunity to many. My thoughts go out to his family."
Sad news about Reg Grundy— Jason Donovan (@JDonOfficial) May 9, 2016
One of the true pioneers of Australian television who gave opportunity to many
My thoughts go out to his family
Grundy got his start as a producer in 1959, when his radio show Wheel of Fortune was adapted for Australian television. In 1960, he launched the Grundy Organisation, which went on to give the world such classic brands as Sale of the Century, Going for Gold, Family Feud, Scrabble, Hot Streak and I’ve Got a Secret. He also produced Abba: The Movie, which opened in 1977
In 1985, Grundy produced the classic soap opera Neighbours, which became an instant hit on Australian television, launching the careers of the likes of Minogue and Guy Pearce. Stars including Russell Crowe, Jesse Spencer and Alan Dale also are Neighbours alumni. The show, one of Australia's most successful TV exports, is still on the air in Australia and the U.K.
In 2010, Grundy told the Format Recognition and Protection Association that he was proud of all his formats. “But I must say that the one that still delights me is Questions pour un champion, which I devised along with Bob Noah in Los Angeles over 20 years ago and which is still running in France,” he said. The format, inspired by Going for Gold, has been on the air in France since 1988.
On the back of his game shows and dramas, Grundy built up a multimillion-dollar international production and formats company, The Reg Grundy Organisation, which he sold to Pearsons in 1995 for AUS$320 million ($236 million) and which eventually became part of FremantleMedia.
He continued to work in Australian media, founding RG Capital in 1995, with investments in media, entertainment and advertising with his wife, actress Joy Chambers, while living in Bermuda, where he was based for the last 30 years. In 2015, his personal wealth was estimated at $600 million.
Grundy was named a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his outstanding contributions to the television industry and promotion of Australia overseas.