Ben Feigin, an award-winning producer who served as executive producer for Schitt’s Creek, died of pancreatic cancer on Monday. He was 47.
By developing Schitt’s Creek’s distinctive business model, Feigin was instrumental in the company’s start. He obtained non-traditional financing and sold the series to numerous licensees worldwide on a non-exclusive basis.
In addition, he oversaw the show’s highest-grossing international tour with LiveNation, the Netflix documentary Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, the show’s pop-up immersive experience that sold out in under a minute around the world, and the transformation of an entire town in upstate New York into a permanent Schitt’s Creek.
He received many honors for his efforts on the sitcom, including an Emmy in 2020, the year the program swept all of the nominated categories, a Golden Globe in 2021, and a Producers Guild Award in 2021.
Feigin began his work with Warner Brothers after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. Then, he joined William Morris as a trainee agent in the legendary mailroom, where he met his wife, Heidi. He eventually worked at UTA before joining The Collective as a founding member in 2004.
In addition to his work as a producer, Feigin launched Anonymous Content’s comedy and enterprise departments in 2006, representing A-list talent, filmmakers, writers, comedians, authors, and brands. In 2016, he established Equation Unlimited LLC, an entertainment firm.
Early in his career, Feigin pioneered the first live-streamed event including a lineup of comedians and musicians. The relationship with AOL paved the way for the consumption of live content on new platforms.
Feigin reunited Cheech & Chong after 25 years by striking a lucrative deal with LiveNation for international touring and executive producing their first-ever concert video, Cheech & Chong: Hey Watch This, which was distributed in theatres.
Feigin began his career at William Morris Agent in the agency’s illustrious mailroom before helping to manage the Film/TV Crossover Group. He eventually worked at UTA before joining The Collective as a Founding Member.
In 2006, Feigin joined Anonymous Content, where he established the Comedy and Enterprise Divisions.
Feigin taught at UCLA, NYU, and UC Santa Barbara and collaborated with non-profit organizations such as StandUp2Cancer, Gild’s Club World-Wide, The Tony Hawk Foundation, The Creative Coalition, and Laurene Powell Jobbs’ Emerson Collective.
Moreover, he was a Judge for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship Program and an Official Juror for the International Emmy Awards. The Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were among his memberships.
Ellie, his 11-year-old daughter, is survived by his wife, UTA talent agent Heidi Feigin, and his 11-year-old daughter. Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills will have services this coming Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Donations can be given to the Ben Feigin Pancreatic Research Fund of Stand Up To Cancer.