Dean Jones, the director of production on popular UK entertainment shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, has sadly passed away at the age of 56 after a short battle with cancer.
Jones was the director of production at Fremantle UK, where he worked on shows like The X Factor, Game of Talents, and Take Me Out. He had a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, starting as a production assistant at the Noel Gay Theatre and later joining Noel Gay Television. He eventually moved to Talbot Television, which was eventually merged with Fremantle. Through this merger, Jones brought the rights to shows like Family Fortunes and The Price Is Right.
Former colleagues have expressed their admiration for Jones’ professional skills and personal qualities. They remember him as a much-loved colleague and friend. Fremantle UK CEO Amelia Brown described Jones as a “master of our industry” and a mentor who had a significant impact on their lives. She also praised him for his intelligence and sense of humor, as well as his contribution to shaping the cultural landscape of entertainment.
Suzy Lamb, former head of Thames and now managing director of BBC Studios, also had kind words to say about Jones. She admired his dedication, hard work, and caring nature. Lamb mentioned that even while on vacation, Jones would respond to emails quicker than anyone else. She praised his expertise in Fremantle formats and his ability to make everyone feel valued. Lamb also highlighted Jones’ impeccable memory for figures and budgets and his impeccable filing system.
In addition to his professional achievements, Jones was known for his love of chocolate and his incredible husband, Graham. Colleagues remember him as a loyal and trusted friend who would go the extra mile to support them. Despite leaving Fremantle, Jones remained in contact with Lamb and showed his support for her work on the Eurovision Song Contest.
To honor Dean Jones’ memory, donations can be made to Cancer Research UK through the Just Giving page set up in his name. Jones will be greatly missed by his colleagues, friends, and the entertainment industry as a whole.