2018-02-08 22:37:36 UTC
Jill Messick, Producer and Former Rose McGowan Manager, Dies at 50
1:55 PM PST 2/8/2018
by Erik Hayden
She worked as an exec at Miramax and at the Paramount-based Lorne Michaels Productions.
Jill Messick, a veteran studio executive and producer, died by suicide in Los Angeles on Wednesday, her family told The Hollywood Reporter. The exec was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been battling depression for years. She was 50.
Messick, who worked as an exec at Miramax and at the Paramount-based Lorne Michaels Productions, was an executive producer on several comedy features including Relativity's Masterminds (2016), Universal's Baby Mama (2008) and Paramount's Hot Rod (2007). She also exec produced NBC's comedy series Bad Judge.
At Miramax, where she was a production executive from 1997 to 2003, she served as co-exec producer on 1999 comedy She's All That and was part of the team that worked on the 2002 Oscar-winning film Frida. She also served as an executive producer on Warner Bros.' upcoming Minecraft video game adaptation with Roy Lee.
Notably, Messick was McGowan's manager in January 1997, at the time that McGowan claimed she was raped by Harvey Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival. Messick's name recently made headlines when, on Jan. 30, Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, released an email attributed to Messick in defense of his client.
In a Feb. 8 statement to THR, Messick's family was sharply critical of Weinstein and McGowan: "Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact. The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story." Read the full statement here.
"Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others," Messick's family stated. "One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth."
Messick was born on July 27, 1967. She attended Santa Barbara High School and later the University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in communications. She is survived by two children, Jackson and Ava, their father, Kevin Messick, her father, Michael, her brother, Jan, and her partner, Dan Schuck.