Ben Feigin, Emmy-winning producer of ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ dies of cancer at 47
The beloved, award-winning creator of Schitt’s Creek, which earned him five Emmy nominations, died Saturday morning, according to a statement released by his wife and production company. He was 47.
“His joy and love of family and the arts was evident throughout his life and his work left an indelible impression in those touched by it,” the statement read.
Feigin most recently worked on the Netflix comedy film Friends With Money, which saw him co-write (with Amy Poehler) and produce.
“Feigin was a creative force of a man and it is an enormous loss to the comedy world, the TV world and to me personally,” said Adam McKay, one of Feigin’s business partners in Friends With Money. “His work was always passionate and it was a privilege to work with him.”
Friends With Money is currently in theaters and available on Netflix.
At his height, Feigin’s Schitt’s Creek show had an average 1.1 million weekly viewers.
Feigin was born David F. Feigin in New York City to an Iranian Jewish mother and a New York native father. He started performing at age 3 with his family’s show, The Feigin Kids.
In 1978, Feigin directed and produced his own television show, The Feigin Kids, which went on to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Peabody Awards.
The Feigin Kids won three Emmys for Best Children’s Animated Program.
The Feigin Kids were the youngest, and only original children’s animated production ever featured on a network primetime series. The show was later rerun on CBS (which later merged into NBC) and on UPN. The show later also aired on Cartoon Network.
“I am so deeply saddened by this news,” Feigin’s son, David Feigin, said in the statement. “He was one of the most wonderful men I have ever known, and his love for family, and the arts was evident throughout his life. The world is a quieter place without him. My heart