Kevin Turen, producer of Euphoria and The Idol, has died at the age of 44.
A spokesperson for Penske Media Corporation, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, confirmed Turen’s death.
Who was Kevin Turen?
Kevin Turen was born on August 16, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA.
He studied at Columbia University, graduating with a degree in English and Critical Film Studies.
Working his way into the film industry, Turen first worked at Capital Entertainment which became First Look Studios.
He began as a creative executive at First Look and eventually rose to president of production and helped the company grow from four employees to over 150.
While at First Look, Turen acquired and distributed over 100 films, including The Proposition, The Dead Girl and American Crime.
He then moved to Infinity Media, serving as president of production there before becoming a principal at Treehouse Pictures.
At Treehouse, Turen made his name producing Nicholas Jareki’s Arbitrage (2012), starring Richard Gere, and J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost (2013), starring Robert Redford. For the company, he also produced 99 Homes (2014), At Any Price (2012) and That Awkward Moment (2014).
“Despite his many achievements in Hollywood, Kevin’s greatest passion was his family and friends,” Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and a close friend of Turen, said in a statement.
“He was so proud of his children. He and his wife, Evelina, were resolved that their children grow up with great values and ensured they make a difference in the broader world. Our collective heart breaks for them, and we all feel such a profound sense of loss. We will miss Kevin so much, and this town lost one of its brightest rising stars today.”
Kevin Turen was closely associated with Sam and Ashley Levinson. The trio co-founded Little Lamb Productions which produced HBO’s highly influential drama series Euphoria, which has been nominated for 25 Emmy Awards, winning nine.
Turen and the Levinsons also produced the much-talked-about The Idol for HBO and the feature film Pieces of a Woman, which garnered star Vanessa Kirby an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
He also had a close creative relationship with filmmaker Ti West, producing X and Pearl, the first two parts of his critically acclaimed X trilogy starring Mia Goth, and the upcoming third film MaXXXine.
Kevin Turen cause of death
Kevin Turen died suddenly over the weekend. His cause of death is not know at this time.
His father Edward Turen said in a statement, “Kevin was so incredibly special, this world is going to be less without him.”
As news of Kevin Turen’s passing spread, tributes poured in from friends, family, and fans.
Robert Ogden Barnum
“Kevin Turen was the best. Huge heart and boundless enthusiasm. An amazing man. Father. Filmmaker. The world is less bright without him. Rest well, old friend. Xx”.
”Kevin Turen was a gem of a person, and a great champion of all that was good in this world. He was brilliant. He was my dear friend. He championed my work for years before I made it. The people he believed in… he believed in them fiercely. My heart aches for his beautiful family. All of us who knew and loved Kevin — and there are so many of us — are utterly heartbroken right now. We love you Kevin Turen”.
”We lost a true light worker. An angel on earth. Look at his tremendous impact on the world. He was a kind gentle generous soul who lived a life of tikkun olam. Here to help support his young family”.
”Kevin Turen never met anybody who didn’t love him instantly and forever. He was a genius in every way and helped me immeasurably as a producer and most important as a friend — all since we were 18 years old. I will miss him”.
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