Paul Fraser, independent television producer of the international version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” “The Weakest Link” and other formats in 50 different territories, died Monday after being struck by a car in Seattle while on vacation. He was 44.
Fraser worked on more than 40 different shows — quiz, reality and entertainment — in his 23-year career, including setting up and overseeing the international versions of “Millionaire” and “Link” in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Melbourne, Australia, native started his career as a writer and researcher for his home country’s “The Mike Walsh Show.” Before entering the international market 10 years ago, he produced several other Australian shows including “Hey, Hey It’s Saturday,” “Til Ten” and “After Noon.” Prior to that he was a journo.
For the past three years, Fraser was head of international productions for ECM Prods. U.K. He recently had moved from London to L.A. At the time of his death, he was working as a consultant for ECM and RSP Intl. TV.
Services are being planned for later this month in Sydney and possibly in London and Melbourne.