Dean Jones passed away after a short battle with cancer, his loved ones have confirmed.
His loved ones created a JustGiving page in his honour and said that his death had been a ‘huge shock to all that knew him’.
Dean was behind some of Britain’s scintillating shows, such as Take Me Out and The X Factor – as well as BGT.
Freemantle UK, the company behind BGT, donated £5,000 in his honour and penned: ‘With lots of love from everyone at Fremantle.
‘Dean was one of a kind who was loved by us all and we will miss him hugely.’
He started at the Noel Gay Theatre as Production Assistant. He later moved to Noel Gay Television before going on to head up some of Britain’s biggest shows.
CEO Amelia Brown wrote: ‘Dean Jones was someone that everyone in our industry should aspire to be like. He was a master of our industry, a mentor, a supporter, and a huge part of all our lives at Fremantle.
‘He was effortless in what he did and achieved more in his day-to-day than anyone else I know in TV. He was the most intelligent and funny man and the backbone to the shows that shaped our cultural landscape in entertainment.
‘He was loved by us all and leaves a hole that is impossible to fill as well as a legacy where we will all try and be just a little bit ‘more Dean’.
‘He will be hugely missed by us all every day.’
Dean’s former colleague, Suzy Lamb, said: ‘Dean had this incredible flair for making you feel like the special one. He was the hardest-working, most dedicated, caring person I have ever worked with. Even when he was on holiday he answered emails quicker than anyone else.
‘He was the master negotiator, with the ability to make you feel like you were winning even though he was and therefore so was the programme and ultimately the business.’
She added: ‘Dean had time for everyone whatever role they did, he knew everyone’s name. He was totally unique, with absolutely no ego. His encyclopedic memory for figures and budgets for series made years and years ago was mind-blowing.
‘As well as TV and of course his incredible husband Graham, Dean’s other passion … Chocolate! Occasionally I’d bribe him with treats to try and get what I wanted. There will never be another Dean. He was simply the best.’
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