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Steve Govlin


Steven Aaron Golin (March 6, 1955 – April 21, 2019) was an American film and television producer and the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content LLP, a multimedia development, production, and talent management company, and co-founder and CEO of Propaganda Films. Golin graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1976[3] and attended the AFI Conservatory. He won Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards for Spotlight.


Golin and partner Joni Sighvatsson launched Propaganda Films, a talent management, advertising, and video production company, in 1986. They built Propaganda into the largest music video and commercial production company in the world, winning more MTV Video Awards and Cannes Palme d'Or Awards than any other company and quickly became a home for the most sought-after young music video and commercial directors. One of its first discoveries was David Fincher, then an unknown video director.


 Not long afterward, a young filmmaker showed up with a reel containing a Donny Osmond video and a spec Coke commercial. Golin watched the clips and told Michael Bay, “Nice to meet you. You're hired.” After seeing a couple of skateboard videos he liked, Golin brought Spike Jonze into the fold. Other discoveries included Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, and Alex Proyas. Golin and Sighvatsson sold the company to PolyGram,[when?] but when PolyGram was sold to Seagram in 1998, Golin lost control of the company and exited in 1999.


Golin had two children, Ari and Anna. He initially was a cancer survivor.  He was Jewish. Golin died of Ewing's sarcoma on April 21, 2019, at the age of 64.

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