Ben Feigin, award-winning producer of “Schitt’s Creek” and founder and CEO of Equation Unlimited, LLC, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old. Feigin’s death has been confirmed by United Talent Agency, his own former employer and his wife’s current employer.
Feigin served as executive producer on “Schitt’s Creek,” playing a key role in the development and launch of the series. He is recognized as the architect of the series’ non-traditional funding model and a key force in licensing the show territory by territory. Feigin also ran ancillary ventures for the series, such as the documentary “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell”, an immersive pop-up experience based on the show, and other merchandising projects.
For the final season of “Schitt’s Creek,” Feigin received an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, a PGA Award for Outstanding Episodic Television Producer for a Comedy, and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Musical or Comedy Television Series. Feigin also received a GLAAD Media Award for Best Comedy Series in 2020 and 2021.
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, Feigin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara before starting work at Warner Bros. He then joined William Morris, where he met his wife, before joining UTA, The Collective and Amblin Entertainment. Feigin then served under Warner Bros. to oversee popular series like “Friends”, “The West Wing” and “ER”.
Facilitating a partnership with AOL, Feigin played a key role in the first-ever live-streamed event early in his career. He also worked on reuniting comedy duo Cheech & Chong, executive producers of 2008’s ‘Cheech & Chong: Roasted’ and their 2010 concert film ‘Cheech & Chong: Hey Watch This’, as well as negotiating their first merchandising and licensing deal.
Feigin joined Anonymous Content in 2006, founding their comedy and business divisions, in addition to continuing his work as a producer.
Feigin has also contributed creative art commissions for Barack Obama and an exhibit for the Grammy Museum on the Chicano art movement. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, New York University, and UCSB, his alma mater. Additionally, Feigin maintained a long list of nonprofit work, including contributions to StandUp2Cancer, Gilda’s Club World-Wide, Tony Hawk Foundation, Creative Coalition, and Laurene Powell Jobbs’ Emerson Collective.
Services will be held Thursday at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Donations in Feigin’s name can be made to Stand up to cancer.
Feigin is survived by his wife, Heidi Feigin, and his 11-year-old daughter, Ellie.