Hey, did you hear about what happened to Kevin Turen? No? Well, let me fill you in on the details. Kevin Turen, a producer on HBO’s Euphoria and The Idol and Ti West’s X, Pearl and MaXXXine, has passed away at the age of 44. It’s a real shame, and it’s got a lot of people in Hollywood feeling the loss.
A spokesperson for Penske Media Corporation, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, confirmed Turen’s death, but there aren’t many details available at the moment. But what we do know is that Kevin Turen was a real family man. Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and a close friend of Turen, said that Kevin’s greatest passion was his family and friends. He was super proud of his kids and was all about ensuring they grow up with great values and make a difference in the world.
Turen was a big deal in the entertainment industry, especially in his partnership with Sam and Ashley Levinson. The three of them co-founded Little Lamb Productions, which was behind HBO’s highly influential drama series Euphoria. This series has been nominated for a whopping 25 Emmy Awards and has won 9. That’s seriously impressive, don’t you think? Turen and the Levinsons also produced The Idol for HBO as well as the feature film Pieces of a Woman (2020), which got Vanessa Kirby an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
Kevin Turen’s background is pretty interesting too. He was born in New York City in 1979 and studied at Columbia University, graduating with a degree in English and Critical Film Studies. He worked his way into the film industry by starting out at Capital Entertainment, which eventually became First Look Studios. Starting as a creative executive, Turen eventually rose to president of production and was a major part of the company’s growth.
After that, Turen moved on to Infinity Media and then became a principal at Treehouse Pictures. At Treehouse, he made his mark producing notable films like Arbitrage (2012), All is Lost (2013), 99 Homes (2014), and more. In 2014, David S. Goyer hired Turen to be president of his production company Phantom Four, where he produced the Netflix feature Tau (2018) and Sam Levinson’s 2018 black comedy film Assassination Nation (2018).
In 2018, Turen and the Levinsons founded Little Lamb Productions and started making waves in the TV and film industry with projects like Euphoria, Malcolm and Marie (2021), Breaking (2022), and Irma Vep (2022). Turen worked on some critically acclaimed projects like Waves (2019) and The Last Days of American Crime (2020), showing his versatility as a producer.
It’s really sad to see such a talented and influential person like Kevin Turen leave us at such a young age. He had so much more to give to the world of entertainment, and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and worked with him. So here’s to Kevin Turen, a true rising star in Hollywood, and a guy who managed to make a big impact in his too-short time on this earth. Rest in peace, Kevin.