Television syndication industry veteran Robert Yde died Dec. 18 in Longwood, Fla. after a long battle with malignant melanoma. He was 71.

Yde and wife Cassie Yde ran the Television Syndication Company, a Longwood-based TV program distributor known for its children’s and lifestyle programming.

Yde produced shows and headed marketing for TVS until retiring in October.

His 40-year career in the entertainment industry started in the theater, but he soon moved to television.

Yde was born in Freeport, Ill. and graduated from the U of Alabama. After college, he served in the U.S. Air Force. While living in Mobile, Ala., he began working on special events like the Senior Bowl Football Game and America’s Junior Miss Pageant, which led to working with network production teams.

He produced the road company version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and the Broadway show “Hard Job Being God,” and headed production for live performances by entertainers including Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Grand Funk Railroad, Jose Feliciano and Guy Lombardo.

The Ydes teamed up in 1973, producing TV shows under the banner of White Mountain Entertainment. They formed TVS in 1989 and continued producing shows while also distributing the work of other independent producers.

Among the shows handled by TVS are “Real Life 101,” “Ultimate Choice” and “P. Allen Smith Gardens.” He was also involved in the production of “Get Reel” for children’s cable network WAM!, “Get Reel Music Mix” for Voice of America and TVS’ “Real Life 101.”

Yde is survived by his wife, Cassie; two sons; a daughter and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the SPCA of Central Florida, 2800 County Home Rd., Sanford, FL 32773.