© Provided by Reach Publishing Services LimitedReg Watson was the brains behind Aussie soap Neighbours
Neighbours creator Reg Watson has died at the age 93.
News of the Australian telly pioneer's death was confirmed by Neighbours bosses on Friday.
A statement posted on the soap's website read: "Everyone at Neighbours is sad to hear of the passing of our creator, Reg Watson.
"He was a pioneer of drama, prolific in his output and by all accounts a lovely person to work with.
"His legacy lives on in Ramsay Street to this day.' - Jason Herbison - Neighbours EP."
Bevan Lee, who worked with him as a writer on Neighbours, added: "Reg Watson was a trailblazer in Australian commercial television drama.
"He also mentored many of its top writing and production talents over the years, including myself...
"He also gave a start to many actors who have gone on to tread the world stage, especially through his creation Neighbours.
© Provided by Reach Publishing Services LimitedThey posted a statement from the current soap boss
Watson was born in Australia, but later moved to Britain where he worked on ITV soap Crossroads in the 1960s.
He spent 10 years as a producer on Crossroads before moving back to his native Australia to work as head of drama at Reg Grundy productions.
Shows he helped bring to life included The Young Doctors, Prisoner and Sons and Daughters.
However, it was his idea for a new soap with realistic portayals of adults and teenagers that really shot him to fame. © Provided by Reach Publishing Services LimitedReg has been remembered by bosses at the soap
That soap was Neighbours and it got off to a shaky start following it's launch on Australia's Seven network.
It was cancelled within the first year, but later picked up and revived by rival Ten.
Neighbours went on to become Australia's longest-running drama series and one of the country's most familiar exports.
Watson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the media.