Actress Rose McGowan, who has been a leading voice in the wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal, former manager Jill Messick who was a veteran studio executive and producer passed away on Wednesday.
Messick’s family confirmed her death news to The Hollywood Reporter, the family said that the Hollywood producer attempted suicide and died in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and battling with depression for years, she has died at the age of 50.
She served as an executive at Miramax under the former movie mogul Weinstein and at the Paramount-based Lorne Michaels Productions, where the executive producer worked on several comedy films including Paramount’s Hot Rod (2007), Universal’s Baby Mama (2008), and Masterminds (2016). Messick also executive produced NBC’s legal comedy television series Bad Judge.
Messick served from 1997 to 2003 at Miramax, she served as co-executive producer on 1999 She’s All That, she was also a part of 2002 Oscar-winning film Frida team. She served as an executive producer on Warner Bros.’ upcoming video game, Minecraft adaptation with Roy Lee.
Tina Fey who worked with Messick on adapting of Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees & Wanna Bees for the screen as Mean Girls (2004), said, “This is very sad news and my heart goes out to her family. Jill was instrumental in helping Mean Girls get to the screen. She was a fiercely dedicated producer and a kind person.”
“Jill helped me get hired for Mean Girls, an opportunity I will always be thankful for. She was a terrific producer, there with me every day on set, and always a tireless, positive presence. She will be sadly missed by all of us who knew her,” director Mark Waters added.
Messick also served as actress Rose McGowan’s manager earlier in her career, McGowan was her client in January 1997 during the Sundance Film Festival, McGowan claimed that now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein raped her during the film festival.