Larry Barron, a veteran producer and scriptless executive, passed away suddenly on December 24th. It was believed he was 55 years old.
Barron co-designed and produced the 2016 Fox Reality series with Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark Coupled. Together with Bill Diggins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, he created and produced the 2010 VH1 series without script What Cilli wantswith Thomas and Co-Creator / Executive produced the GSN shows Idiot test and Emogenius. What chilli wants comes from Barron’s four years as SVP at FremanteMedia.
From 2002 to 2003 Barron was a producer at CBS. The amazing race, Co-Executive Producer at Fox Paradise Hotel and a consultant for UPNs America’s top model. He then joined the management team as VP for alternative programs for UPN, overseeing the development and daily production of reality series for the network.
“Every time I’ve worked with Larry, he brought a valuable perspective and attention to detail, which are important qualities for me as a programming manager,” said Ghen Maynard, former SVP for alternative series development and creative strategies at CBS also oversaw UPN’s non-written programming, said at the time of Barron’s appointment in 2003.
At the beginning of his career, Barron worked as a producer at CBS. AFP: American fighter pilot for Ridley and Tony Scott and for the USA Fight missions for Mark Burnett.
In addition to building his own career, Barron has been a mentor to many in the industry including Justin Lacob, Amy Takahara, Jen Erwin, Leela Pon, and Malene Sam.
Veteran reality producer Anthony Dominici, currently Executive Producer / Showrunner of Fox’s breakout reality hit LEGO Master, paid tribute to Barron in an Instagram post on Friday.
“I met Larry Barron for the first time Amazing race– I was his “boss”. When I went over to run Top modelSoon he became my network manager – my boss in Capital B, and a good one, ”wrote Dominici. “For many years, Larry and I stayed friends through many TV ups and downs. We’ve developed numerous projects and spent hours working on the perfect pitch deck language … Larry was a passionate motivator, solid partner, and great friend. Always with a friendly word of support. “