Programming consultant James Lyle dies


James Lyle, a television programming consultant, died Jan. 23 at Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital after an apparent heart attack. He was 59.

Lyle started his consulting firm, the New York-based Video Publishing Resources, in the mid-1980s. He worked for a wide array of clients, including the Annenberg Foundation, BBC Television, WGBH-TV in Boston, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel, specializing in arranging production and distribution agreements.

The Cleveland native was a regular at the MIP and MIPCOM markets in Cannes, at NATPE and at the VSDA (now known as the Entertainment Merchants Assn.) convention.