Fever Media’s Richard Hopkins passes away

Richard Hopkins, co-founder of UK indie Fever Media and one of the key execs responsible for BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing, has passed away aged 47. (pictured: Hopkins with his wife Katy)
January 9, 2012

Richard Hopkins, co-founder of UK indie Fever Media and one of the key execs responsible for the BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing, has passed away, aged 47.

He died on Saturday (January 7) after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Katy (pictured with him above) and his three daughters.

Hopkins served as creative head of format entertainment at the BBC between 2003 and 2006, before going on to launch Fever Media with his friend and former BBC colleague David Mortimer in April 2006, which the duo ran as joint MDs.

While at the BBC, he served as executive producer of shows such as Fame Academy, The Big Breakfast and Fear Factor. His major BBC success, however, was in helping develop, pitch and produce Strictly Come Dancing, which has been sold by the British network to more than 30 territories and become one of the world’s most successful competition formats.

Hopkins also served as exec producer of the U.S. version of the show, ABC’s perennially popular Dancing with the Stars.

In the six years since setting up London-based Fever Media, Hopkins won commissions for a number of factual and factual entertainment formats, including 71 Degrees North, The People’s Quiz and Move like Michael Jackson.

In a statement, Mortimer paid tribute to his friend. “Television is by its nature an ephemeral business, so very few of us can hope to have any lasting legacy,” he said. “Richard was a glorious exception to this rule and, as one of the greatest producers of his generation, he quite literally got the world dancing.

“I was privileged to be both his business partner and friend, and my heart goes out to his wife Katy and his three beautiful girls, Angelica, Jos├ęphine and Julianna.”

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