Nigel Lythgoe born 1949, currently the President of 19 Television, joined 19 as Chief Executive in 2001 from London World Television (LWT), where he was controller of entertainment and comedy. At LWT, Lythgoe attracted award-winning programming, including “Ice Warriors,” “Live By Request with Phil Collins,” “Michael Barrymore’s My Kind of Music,” “Don’t Try This At Home,” “Friday Night’s All Wright,” “TV Nightmares,” “Kids Say the Funniest Things,” “Animals Do the Funniest Things,” “Guinness World Records” and “Hidden Talents of the Rich and Famous.”
One of the UK's most respected TV talents, Lythgoe began his career at the age of 10 as a dancer. Later, he switched to choreography for “The Young Generation” dance group and went on to choreograph over 500 television shows around the world, including shows for Engelbert Humperdinck, The Muppets and five Royal Variety Performances. Lythgoe became a household name as a tough judge on the UK series "Popstars," leading him to be dubbed "Nasty Nigel" by viewers. He has produced multiple shows, including "Gladiator," "Pop Idol" and the British version of "Survivor,” which he also directed.