Spotlight producer Steve Golin dies, aged 64
Steve Golin, the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content and Oscar-winning producer of films such as Spotlight, has died at the age of 64. Golin passed away in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.
Beginning his prolific career as a producer in the 1980s as a co-founder of production company Propaganda films, whose early output consisted largely of music videos for the likes of Madonna, David Bowie and Janet Jackson, among many others. By 1990, it is estimated that Propaganda's output accounted for nearly a third of all music videos made in the U.S.
Golin would eventually leave to found his new company Anonymous Content, which launched in 2000. By this time, Golin was also producing feature films such as David Fincher's The Game and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich.
Golin later received three Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards - two for Alejandro González Iñárritu's films Babel and The Revenant, and one for Tom McCarthy's harrowing drama Spotlight, the latter earning Golin his first Oscar win.
In a statement following his death, the partners of Anonymous Content said: “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. 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.”
Since the news of his death on Sunday, tributes for the producer have been pouring onto social media, some which you can find below...
Devastating loss of my brilliant, beautiful friend, Steve Golin. Thanks to him, beyond the amazing stuff we got to make together, he introduced me to deepest friendships. Love him and his family so very much always. pic.twitter.com/OU2kKI1q24— Laura Dern (@LauraDern) 23 April 2019
So sad to hear Steve Golin has passed away. A champion of diverting, cutting edge cinema. I fondly remember us doing a Q&A at the New Beverly for ‘Wild At Heart’ sitting with him at the back as it rocked the place. Then Laura Dern showed up bringing Lynch with her! A magic night.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) 22 April 2019
Steve Golin has championed and elevated so many voices in our industry. Today, we remember the Oscar-winning producer behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Revenant" and "Spotlight." His legacy lives on. pic.twitter.com/MKWjAxxdPm— The Academy (@TheAcademy) 22 April 2019
My heart is broken. Rest In Peace, Steve Golin.— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) 22 April 2019
Our industry just lost one of the true visionaries and I just lost a wonderful friend.— Brett Morgen (@brettmorgen) 22 April 2019
Thank you Steve...for everything. I hope you know just how deeply your presence on earth has been felt.
You gave so much more than you took from life and filled our world with eternal sunshine.