IDTV head Frank de Jonge dies

CEO of Dutch production giant IDTV

COLOGNE, Germany – Frank de Jonge, CEO of Dutch production giant IDTV, has died of cancer, aged 58.

De Jonge died in his home town of Bussum in the Netherlands June 12 after a long battle with cancer. His family and IDTV announced his passing Wednesday.

One of the leading figures in the Dutch media industry, de Jonge took over as head of IDTV in 2001, where he was responsible for shepherding through international hit formats such as "The Mole" as well as feature films including Oscar-nominated "Twin Sisters" (2002). The group is now the second largest production company in The Netherlands.

In 2003, de Jonge helped negotiate the deal by which U.K.-based production conglomerate All3Media bought up IDTV.

"Frank was an inspiring leader and a great man. He gave himself to IDTV. We will never forget his contribution," said All3Media chief executive Steve Morrison.

In addition to his executive job, de Jonge was chairman of the Dutch association of independent television producers.

IDTV has set up a space for messages of condolence on its website.

De Jonge will be buried in a private ceremony on Thursday.