In celebration of his three-decade career in television and his vast contribution to unscripted entertainment, realscreen will honor David Lyle with a special Legacy Award at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington DC.
With the 2018 edition of the Realscreen Summit being its 20th, realscreen is marking the milestone by awarding select individuals who have made indelible contributions to the non-fiction and unscripted content industries.
“Plans were afoot to honor David Lyle with the award prior to his passing in late September,” explains realscreen editor and content director, Barry Walsh. “We hope that the 20th anniversary of the Summit, an event he frequently participated in as an adviser and as a speaker, will serve as an occasion to remember his warmth, his wit and of course, his work.”
Most recently, Lyle was president emeritus for NPACT, having served as the president of PactUS, the American outpost for the production company trade organization established originally in the UK — since 2015.
Before joining PactUS, he served as CEO of National Geographic Channels from 2011 to 2014. Lyle’s work with Fox Networks Group also encompassed stints with its international format production and licensing unit Fox Look (as president) and as president of the Fox Reality Channel, which he launched in 2005.
Prior to his career with Fox, Lyle served as president of entertainment for FremantleMedia North America from 2001-2004, where he helped launch American Idol. Before FMNA, he held the position of head of worldwide development and acquisitions at Pearson Television, and also was part of the executive team for Nine Network in his home country of Australia, as head of development.
Outside of his network and production company roles, Lyle was a founding member of the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) and served as its chairman from 2000-2006.
In addition to his Legacy Award to be presented at the 2018 Realscreen Summit, realscreen will also honor Lyle’s memory through the creation of a new prize within its Realscreen Awards program, upon the Realscreen Summit’s debut in New Orleans in 2019. In recognition of both his work as a mentor for so many in the industry, as well as his keen appreciation for new ideas, The David Lyle Maverick Award will honor innovative programming and the fresh, status quo-challenging talent behind it.
As previously announced, Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, will also receive a Realscreen Legacy Award at the 2018 Summit,
The 2018 Realscreen Summit takes place at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC from January 28-31.