UPDATED with Anonymous Content statement, more reactions: Steve Golin, the prolific Oscar-winning producer and founder of Anonymous Content who died Sunday at age 64, is being remembered by many in Hollywood today. The man Participant Media CEO David Linde calls “one of the most universally loved people we have ever known” made an impact in many circles via his management and production company, which became a standard-bearer in the independent film and TV space.
“We are devastated by Steve’s passing. He was a trailblazer in the industry, a devoted colleague, a remarkable leader and a truly kind man,” the Anonymous Content partners said Monday in a statement. “He was a rare individual who encompassed intense creativity with a keen business mind. Above all, Steve showed us the power of kindness and generosity. His compassion was unparalleled. He led by example and inspired each and every one of us to be better. In his life and in his work, Steve created a family – he meant the world to many of us, and will leave a lasting impression on our lives. Together, we will continue to build upon the immense legacy Steve has left us.”
Golin’s impressive list of credits included films Wild at Heart and Being John Malkovich, as well as the Best Picture Oscar nominees Babel, The Revenant and Spotlight, the latter winning him the big prize in 2016. His TV credits include the groundbreaking HBO series True Detective and Mr. Robot, among others.
He also was co-founder and former CEO of Propaganda Films, launching the career of directors including David Fincher, Michael Bay, Spike Jonze, Antoine Fuqua and Gore Verbinski.
Here is a sampling of reactions coming in, and keep refreshing throughout the day:
Emerson Collective founder and president Laurene Powell Jobs:
“All of us at Emerson Collective are deeply saddened by the news of Steve Golin’s passing. I was proud to call Steve a friend and a partner. I admired him greatly. His talent and kindness inspired me, and everyone around him. We are committed to building on the legacy Steve leaves behind and honoring the special culture he created at Anonymous Content.”
Participant Media’s David Linde and Jonathan King:
“Steve Golin was one of the most universally loved people we have ever known. We are heartbroken for his family and colleagues. Being in business or being Steve’s friend was a privilege because he was so special, and we all aspire to have the qualities that so defined his life.”
“As a prolific producer of film and television, Steve Golin was a man of impeccable taste and unmatched instincts. Those of us at HBO fortunate enough to have worked with him, also knew him as a true gentleman and a superb partner. We are deeply saddened by this loss.”