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Producer of ‘The Amazing Race’, ‘Paradise Hotel’ and ‘Coupled’ – Deadline

Larry Barron, a veteran unscripted producer and executive, passed away suddenly on December 24. He would be 55 years old.

Barron co-created and produced with Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark the 2016 Fox reality series Coupled. He co-created and produced with Bill Diggins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas the 2010 unscripted series VH1 What Cilli wants, with Thomas, and also co-created / produced the GSN shows Idiotest and Emogenius. What chili peppers want stems from Barron’s four-year stint as SVP at FremanteMedia.

In 2002-03, Barron was a producer on CBS ‘ Fantastic race, co-executive producer on Fox’s Paradise Hotel and a consultant on UPN American top model. He then joined the executive ranks as vice president of alternative programs for UPN, overseeing the development and daily production of reality TV series for the network.

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“Every time I worked with Larry, he brought valuable global vision as well as attention to detail, two qualities that are important to me in a programming setting,” Ghen Maynard, former senior vice president of series development alternatives and creative strategies from CBS, which also oversaw the unscripted programming of UPN, said upon Barron’s appointment in 2003.

Earlier in his career, Barron worked as a producer on CBS ‘ AFP: American fighter pilot for Ridley and Tony Scott, and on USA’s Combat missions for Mark Burnett.

In addition to building his own career, Barron has mentored many industry players including Justin Lacob, Amy Takahara, Jen Erwin, Leela Pon and Malene Sam.

Anthony Dominici, veteran reality TV producer, currently executive producer / showrunner of the Fox reality TV hit LEGO Masters, paid tribute to Barron in an Instagram post on Friday.

“I met Larry Barron for the first time on Amazing race– I was his “boss”. When I moved to run Mannequin, he quickly became my network manager – my boss B, and a good boss on top of that, ”Dominici wrote. “For years, after many ups and downs on television, Larry and I have remained friends. We developed many projects and spent hours working on the perfect language to put in a pitch deck… Larry was a fierce motivator, rock solid partner and great friend. Always with a good word of support.

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