Funeral services were pending Tuesday for writer/director/producer Michael Stevens, who won five Emmy Awards for his collaborations with his father on the annual “Kennedy Center Honors” telecasts.
Stevens was also a grandson of director George Stevens, who won Oscars for directing “Giant” and “A Place in the Sun.”
Michael Stevens, 48, died Thursday while undergoing cancer treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his family told The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the Directors Guild of America, Stevens chaired the 65th and 66th annual DGA Awards and created the guild’s series of 75th anniversary films, “DGA Moments in Time.”
“Michael brought guild history to life to share with our members and the world,” DGA President Paris Barclay said. “Michael wrote, produced and directed more than 30 prime-time event and concert specials, including ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ for which he earned a string of Emmy nominations and wins. In addition to his work on live events, concerts and awards shows, Stevens also produced and directed several critically acclaimed films, a Grammy-nominated album and political documentaries.”
He shared five Emmy Awards with his father, George Stevens Jr., for producing the “Kennedy Center Honors” telecasts. The father-son team also shared a Daytime Emmy Award with Sara Lukinson for writing 2009’s “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.”
He and his father also served as producers on the Oscar-nominated film, “The Thin Red Line.”
— Wire reports