Stephen Emery, producer and entertainment executive, died suddenly after a workout in Redondo Beach, California, on October 14. He was 46 years old.
Emery was a producer at Big Swell Entertainment, a production company founded by Andy Horowitz in late 2022, and previously served as head of film and television at The Solution Entertainment Group from 2016 to 2022. He is known for his work as co-executive producer of Netflix series “Wheelman” and executive producer of “Killerman,” “Line of Duty,” “Honest Thief” and the upcoming “Werewolves.”
“Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Stephen Emery is heartbroken at the sudden loss of one of our loved ones. Stephen was much more than an invaluable producer, he was also an irreplaceable friend,” Horowitz said in a statement. “His passion for film was matched only by his passion for life, and he lived every day as if it were his last. We will miss his adventurous spirit, his loyal friendship and his genuine love for life. Rest in peace brother.”
Additionally, Emery served as Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Circle of Confusion from 2008 to 2015, where he was “Mr. “Right,” “Wake,” and “Satanic.”
Emery began his career at Creative Artists Agency and worked in the film talent department for three years before moving to DreamWorks and Focus Features. He then worked as production manager at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Picture and oversaw “Aeon Flux” for Paramount Pictures. Emery moved on to head Bill Gerber’s company at Warner Bros., where they produced “Major Movie Star” for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films and Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” for Warner Bros.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Emery was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He had dual citizenship and held both a US and British passport. Emery also loved the Grateful Dead and was an avid outdoorsman. As a member of the NCAA Division I college football team at the University of San Diego, he earned a degree in mass communications with a concentration in film and television and a minor in business administration.
“Stephen grew up with a camcorder in his hand, making movies in our backyard and finding his calling in Hollywood. Stephen was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend who connected us all and inspired everyone to pursue their dreams,” his brother Shawn Gillis said in a statement.
Emery is survived by his brothers Shawn and Paul Gillis, parents Jan and Tony Emery and his girlfriend Chloe Christian, as well as his nieces and nephews.
Source : variety.com