Steve Golin, prolific producer and founder of Anonymous Content, dies at 64

Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, has died of cancer. He was 64.

Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar Wright, Ryan Gosling, Alfonso Cuaron, and Cary Fukunaga to shepherd such movies and TV seriesas “Spotlight,” “The Revenant,” “13 Reasons Why,” HBO’s “True Detective” and “The Knick” and USA’s “Mr. Robot.” He was an executive producer on the upcoming series “Catch-22.”

Anonymous had the good fortune of emerging at a time when an arms race between broadcast channels, cable networks, and streaming service created an intense demand for high quality content. Dubbed the “peak TV” era, it corresponded with a willingness by media companies to back attention-grabbing shows and limited series that took creative risks.

“What we don’t like is going around to networks and getting development deals,” Golin told Variety in 2015. “We would much rather find a piece of material, hire the writer, develop it and package it the way we like it, and figure out what broadcaster out there likes what we have developed.”

Golin had a strong eye for talent. Prior to founding Anonymous Content, Golin created Propaganda Films, a talent management, advertising and production company that helped launch the careers of Spike Jonze and Michael Bay. He sold Propaganda to Polygram and exited the company when Polygram was in turn sold to Seagram in 1998.

Golin earned Oscar nominations for producing “Babel” and “The Revenant,” and won the Academy Award for Best Picture for “Spotlight.” At Propaganda, he shepherded creatively daring projects such as  “Being John Malkovich,” “Lost Highway” and “Kill Me Again.” Later he oversaw films including “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and “Boy Erased” as well as the rare commercial and critical misstep like “The Fifth Estate.” In a 2014 interview with Variety, Golin said he had learned to be sanguine about the fates of the projects that he helped bring to the wider public.

“You’re going to have your successes and failures, and to try to realize that it’s all about doing what you believe in and hard work, and when a movie’s not a success you kind of just have to dust yourself off, get up and go again, because there’s no logic to it,” he said. “Nobody sets out to make a bad movie or bad TV show. We all set out to do great work.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Producer Steve Golin, winner of the Best Picture award for 'Spotlight,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Steve Golin attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Foreign Language Film Award Directors reception in Beverly Hills, California, on February 24, 2017. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Producer Steve Golin holds his Oscar for best picture 'Spotlight' as he arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Producer Steve Golin holds his Oscar for best picture 'Spotlight' as he arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Producer Steve Golin and Participant Media's Jonathan King attend the SPOTLIGHT Oscar After-Party Hosted By Open Road, Participant Media, And First Look Media on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Executive Producer Peter Lawson, E One's Xavier Marchand, Participant's Jonathan King and Producer Steve Golin attend the SPOTLIGHT Oscar After-Party Hosted By Open Road, Participant Media, And First Look Media on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Producer Steve Golin, winner of the Best Picture award for 'Spotlight,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Producer Steve Golin, winner of the Best Picture award for 'Spotlight,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Producer Steve Golin attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, winner of Best Cinematography for 'The Revenant,' actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for 'The Revenant,' director Alejandro Inarritu, winner of Best Director for 'The Revenant,' and Producer Steve Golin, winner of Best Film for 'Spotlight,' attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 8: Producers Mary Parent, Steve Golin and Keith Redmon attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Producer Steve Golin attends The Hollywood Reporter's 4th Annual Nominees Night at Spago on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Producer Steve Golin attends The Hollywood Reporter's 4th Annual Nominees Night at Spago on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Producers Steve Golin (L) and Mary Parent attend The Hollywood Reporter's 4th Annual Nominees Night at Spago on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Producers Mary Parent, Steve Golin and Keith Redmon attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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