Ben Feigin, the founder and CEO of Equation Unlimited, LLC and an award-winning producer for “Schitt’s Creek,” passed away on Monday from pancreatic cancer. Age-wise, he was 47. United Talent Agency, his wife’s present workplace as well as his own old company, announced Feigin’s passing.
Feigin played a crucial role in the creation and introduction of “Schitt’s Creek” as executive producer. 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.
Feigin won a Golden Globe for best musical or comedic television series, an Emmy for outstanding comedy series, and a PGA award for outstanding producer of episodic television for “Schitt’s Creek” in its last season. 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 live-streamed event by facilitating a cooperation with AOL. Along with executive producing their concert films “Cheech & Chong: Hey Watch This” from 2010 and “Cheech & Chong: Roasted” from 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 to an exhibit about the Chicano Art Movement for the Grammy Museum and creative artistic commissions for Barack Obama. He was a professor at UCSB, 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 take place at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Hollywood Hills on Thursday. Feigin’s supporters can contribute to Stand Up to Cancer.
Ellie, his 11-year-old daughter, and his wife, Heidi Feigin, survive Feigin.