Ben Feigin, an Emmy-winning executive producer of the popular comedy series "Schitt's Creek," passed away from pancreatic cancer on Monday at his Los Angeles home. He was 47
For co-executive producing "Schitt's Creek," which won the comedy awards that year for lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, and series in an unprecedented sweep, Feigin earned an Emmy in 2020. For his work on the uplifting program, which aired for six seasons from 2015 to 2020, Feigin also received a Producers Guild Award.
Feigin was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended UC Santa Barbara before beginning his career in show business at Warner Bros. He met his wife, Heidi Feigin, in the mailroom while working as an agent trainee at the William Morris talent agency, which was one of his first jobs in the business. Before switching to the production side of the entertainment industry, Feigin previously worked at UTA.
After contributing his skills to Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, Feigin joined Warner Bros.' TV division where he assisted in managing the production of well-known TV shows like "The West Wing" and "Friends." He joined Anonymous Content in 2006, where he founded the comedy and enterprise departments of the company and represented performers, directors, writers, and authors.
Feigin pursued other artistic endeavors in addition to his work as a Hollywood executive and producer, such as arranging art commissions for former President Barack Obama and other notable individuals, curating an exhibition for the Grammy Museum that featured various musical instruments and pioneers of the Chicano Art Movement, creating a streetwear clothing line, and working on a number of kid's books that were bilingually published in English and Spanish.
In addition to working with charitable organizations like Stand Up to Cancer and Gilda's Club Worldwide, which offers free care and resources to cancer patients and their loved ones, the Producers Guild and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences member also taught courses at UCLA, NYU, and UC Santa Barbara.
Ellie, his 11-year-old daughter, and Feigin's wife, Heidi, are left behind. At Mount Sinai Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, a memorial service for Feigin will be held on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. His family is asking for donations to Stand Up to Cancer in his honor.
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