LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The entertainment world is mourning the unexpected passing of Kevin Turen, the esteemed producer behind the critically acclaimed series “Euphoria” and “The Idol.”
Turen, 44, left a lasting impact on the industry, with his death shrouded in mystery, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Kevin Turen, Producer of “Euphoria” and “The Idol,” Dies at 44 https://t.co/L2QXwKguCI
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 13, 2023
Kevin Turen’s career in Hollywood marked by collaborations with industry heavyweights
Turen’s journey in the entertainment industry has been marked by collaborations with industry heavyweights Sam and Ashley Levinson. Together, they co-founded Little Lamb Productions, the company behind HBO’s groundbreaking drama “Euphoria.”
The series, which garnered 25 Emmy nominations and nine wins, is a testament to Turen’s creative prowess.
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In addition to “Euphoria,” Turen and the Levinsons produced “The Idol,” an HBO miniseries in collaboration with The Weeknd.
Despite the buzz on social media, “The Idol” faced challenges, with production rumors and unfavorable reviews from its debut.
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Turen’s influence has extended to the big screen, with notable productions like “Pieces of a Woman” (2020), starring Vanessa Kirby, earning an Academy Award nomination. His collaboration with filmmaker Ti West resulted in the critically acclaimed “X” trilogy, with “MaXXXine” on the horizon.
Turen’s journey in the entertainment industry has been marked by collaborations with industry heavyweights Sam and Ashley Levinson. (Getty Images)
Kevin Turen’s collaboration with Levinsons marked his foray into television
Born in 1979 in New York, Turen’s journey began at Columbia University, where he earned a degree in English and Critical Film Studies.
His rise in the industry led him to work at Capital Entertainment, before becoming President of Production at First Look Studios, where he played a pivotal role in the acquisition and distribution of over 100 films.
Turen’s career trajectory included stints at Infinity Media and Treehouse Pictures, where he produced notable films like “Arbitrage” (2012) and “All is Lost” (2013).
In 2014, he joined Phantom Four, producing projects like “Tau” (2018) and “Assassination Nation” (2018).
In 2018, the collaboration with the Levinsons resulted in the creation of Little Lamb Productions, marking their successful foray into television with “Euphoria.”
The series, praised for its realistic portrayal of teenage life, is set to return for a third season, with Turen as executive producer.
Turen’s journey began at Columbia University, where he earned a degree in English and Critical Film Studies (Variety Radio Online/YouTube)
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of Kevin Turen
Amid Turen’s countless accomplishments, the industry mourns the loss of a creative genius.
Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and close friend of Turen, said, “He was so proud of his children. Our collective heart breaks for them and we all feel a deep sense of loss. Kevin will be missed so much, and this city lost one of its brightest rising stars today. »
Turen’s father, Edward Turen, shared a poignant sentiment, saying: “[Kevin] was incredibly special, this world will be less without him.”
As news of Turen’s death circulated, tributes poured in from colleagues and friends.
Turen’s colleague Cassian Elwes noted Hollywood’s interdependence on X and wrote, “We lost a very important person in our circle tonight.”
What people don’t realize is that Hollywood is actually a small town. Everyone ends up meeting everyone. The independent film circuit of people who regularly make independent films is even smaller. We all know each other very well because we are soul mates. We have lost a very important element…
– Cassian Elwes (@cassianelwes) November 13, 2023
Makeup artist Kirsten Sage Coleman, who worked on “Euphoria” and “The Idol,” expressed her sadness on Instagram, sending love to those in need.
Lynette Taylor, a film and television producer, shared on social media: “Utterly tragic. Such a horrible loss.”
Completely tragic. Such a horrible loss. https://t.co/AnfVScqQVn
— Lynette Taylor (@Lynettehtaylor) November 13, 2023
Turen’s legacy lives on through the indelible mark he left on the entertainment landscape.
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