Ben Feigin, Emmy-winning producer of ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ dies of cancer at 47
A documentary film about his life will screen at Filmfest
Ben Feigin, a native of Queens, N.Y., who was recognized with three Emmys — including the Lifetime Achievement Award — as a producer for “Schitt’s Creek,” died Aug. 1 at a hospital in Brooklyn, according to his family. He was 47.
He had stage IV pancreatic cancer, his wife, Sarah Ann Feigin, said.
Ben Feigin appeared in several episodes of “Schitt’s Creek” and won the Emmys for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture Editing. He is a member of Film and Television Critics Assn. The organization honored Feigin in 2010 at the annual ceremony of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
The film, a documentary about his life, premiered at Filmfest in October in New York City and will be shown at the festival Sept. 20-26.
Among the shows that Feigin was working on was “A Night at the Life Museum” for ABC, with “Schitt’s Creek” co-star Amy Poehler and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Feigin took a leave from ABC to work on the film.
Feigin’s other film credits included “The Dark Knight” and “Sleepless in Seattle” (for Comedy Central). He won a Special Jury Award at Sundance for “Sleepless in Seattle” and was nominated for an Oscar for a short film that he wrote and also directed.
He was honored with the New York Film Critics Award of Merit on Friday. He was the first American to win an Emmy for a nonfiction program for Schitt’s Creek. The award is given to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the field of film or television for contributions made to the cultural life of New York.
Feigin grew up in Queens and studied music at