Hollywood is mourning the loss of Kevin Turen, an innovative producer behind some of the most talked-about projects in recent years, including the HBO hits 'Euphoria' and 'The Idol,' as well as Ti West’s 'X,' 'Pearl,' and 'MaXXXine.'
Turen was 44 at the time of his passing, which was confirmed by a spokesperson for Penske Media Corporation, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter. Turen was more than a producer; he was a visionary who brought depth and character to the silver screen.
His work extended to powerful indie films such as 'X' and 'Pearl,' as well as 'Pieces of a Woman,' a feature that earned Vanessa Kirby an Oscar nod. His career was marked by a profound dedication to crafting stories that resonated with audiences and critics alike.
Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and a friend of Turen, reflected on his life with fondness, noting that beyond the glitz of Hollywood, Turen was a family man at heart. His children and wife Evelina were the nucleus of his world, and he instilled in them the importance of integrity and societal contribution.
As Hollywood grapples with this loss, Turen's legacy as a beacon of talent and creativity remains undiminished.
Little Lamb Triumphs
Turen’s collaboration with Sam and Ashley Levinson was particularly fruitful, leading to the creation of Little Lamb Productions.
'Euphoria' alone has swept the Emmy Awards with nominations and wins, reflecting the cultural impact of their partnership. The scope of Turen’s work with the Levinsons encompassed a range of successful and diverse projects, including the groundbreaking series 'The Idol' and the emotionally gripping 'Pieces of a Woman.'
Born in the bustling creative hub of New York City and a Columbia University alumnus, Turen’s passion for film was evident from his academic focus in English and Critical Film Studies. He began his ascent in the industry at Capital Entertainment, quickly climbing the ranks and significantly contributing to the expansion of First Look Studios.
Turen's acumen for film distribution and production shined as he handled over a hundred films, including notable titles such as 'The Proposition' and 'The Dead Girl.' His tenure at Infinity Media and Treehouse Pictures solidified his reputation as a producer with a keen eye for storytelling and talent, working on critically acclaimed films such as 'Arbitrage' and 'All is Lost.'
These films not only showcased his ability to navigate the industry but also his commitment to cinematic excellence. In his later career, Turen collaborated with David S. Goyer at Phantom Four, where his production prowess continued to flourish with films like 'Tau' and 'Assassination Nation.'
Under Little Lamb Productions, Turen's ambition and scope continued to grow, producing standout works such as 'Malcolm and Marie,' 'Breaking,' and 'Irma Vep.' Turen’s sudden demise has left a void in the entertainment community, but his influence will continue to be felt through the works he left behind and the impact he had on those who worked with him.
The industry has indeed lost a luminary, but his films will endure, a testament to his remarkable vision and passion for cinema.