Veteran TV producer Ian Sander died yesterday, May 3. He passed away peacefully at his home, with the cause of death still undetermined. Sander was 68.
Partnered with his wife, Kim Moses, in their Sander/Moses Prods., Sander executive produced CBS’ long-running drama Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, on which he also served as in-house director. Sander’s death comes as he and Moses were wrapping their ABC pilot, drama Spark, which the duo executive produce. Simultaneously, he was executive producing YouTube’s first longform documentary on the life of YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous, directed by Oscar winner Barbara Kopple. Additionally, Sander/Moses has a first-look deal with NBC Universal International TV Studios.
New York-born Sander executive produced more than 600 hours of primetime drama series including the 2014 CBS summer series Reckless. His other series producing credits include I‘ll Fly Away (ABC), for which he was named Producer of the Year by the PGA; Profiler (NBC); The Beast (ABC); New York News (CBS); Brimstone (Fox); and For The People (Lifetime) — all of which he also directed.
Sander’s TV movie credits include Ali: An American Hero, the Emmy Award-winning Stolen Babies, Kansas, Chasing the Dragon, and I’ll Fly Away: Then And Now. He directed both Chasing The Dragon and I’ll Fly Away, the latter earning him a DGA nomination.
Additionally, Sander produced the features Everybody’s All-American and D.O.A. He also recently produced French Kiss, a branded content film for Marriott International Studios produced in Paris.
For the past 10 years, under his SLAM digital media shingle, Sander co-created and produced entertainment event programming including all digital media IP for Ghost Whisperer, the content for feature films Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros) and Hotel Transylvania (Sony), as well as Desperate Housewives (ABC), Ugly Betty (ABC) and Comic-Con. He co-authored the book Ghost Whisperer: Spirit Guide and created and wrote the award-winning Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side webseries.
Additionally, Sander co-created with Moses the Total Engagement Experience, a creative model for television that uses each show as a component of a broader multi-platform entertainment experience. Using Internet, mobile, publishing, music, DVDs, video games, Audience Outreach Program and more, TEE establishes an infinity loop that helps to drive ratings, increase revenue streams, and create viewer loyalty.
Sander is survived by his wife, Kim Moses Sander; and sons, Aaron Sander and Declan Sander.