For the final season of “Schitt’s Creek,” Feigin received an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. Ben Feigin, an award-winning producer on “Schitt’s Creek” and founder and CEO of Equation Unlimited, LLC, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.
United Talent Agency, his former employer and the present employment of his wife, announced Feigin’s passing.
Feigin served as executive producer on “Schitt’s Creek,”playing a crucial role in the creation and introduction of the series. He is recognized as the series’ non-traditional finance model’s creator and a major player in the licensing of the program, country by territory. In addition, Feigin oversaw the show’s auxiliary businesses, including the documentary “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell,” a pop-up immersive experience based on the series, and various merchandise initiatives.
For the final season of “Schitt’s Creek,”Feigin won a Golden Globe for best musical or comedic television series, an Emmy for best comedy series, and a Producers Guild Award for best producer of episodic television for a comedy. In 2020 and 2021, Feigin also won a GLAAD Media Award for best comedy series.
Feigin, a Silver Spring, Maryland native, completed his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara before beginning his career at Warner Bros. Before transferring to UTA, The Collective, and Amblin Entertainment, he first joined William Morris, where he eventually met his wife. After that, Feigin worked for Warner Bros., where he oversaw hit shows like “Friends,” “The West Wing,” and “ER.”
Early in his career, Feigin played a significant part in the first-ever live-streamed event by facilitating cooperation with AOL. Along with executive producing their concert films “Cheech & Chong: Hey Watch This” in 2010 and “Cheech & Chong: Roasted” in 2008, he also assisted in brokering the comedic duo’s first license and merchandising agreement.
When Feigin joined Anonymous Content in 2006, he helped establish the company’s comedy and enterprise departments while also continuing to create.
Feigin also participated in an exhibit about the Chicano Art Movement for the Grammy Museum and creative artistic commissions for Barack Obama. In addition to his alma university, UCSB, he also taught courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and New York University. Feigin also continued to work tirelessly for numerous charitable organizations, including StandUp2Cancer, Gilda’s Club World-Wide, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Creative Coalition, and Laurene Powell Jobbs’ Emerson Collective.
Services will be held Thursday at Mount Sinai Cemetery Hollywood Hills. Donations on behalf of Feigin can be made to Stand Up to Cancer.
Feigin is survived by his 11-year-old daughter Ellie, and wife Heidi Feigin.