Alison Greenspan, a film and television producer known for her work on the ABC drama “For Life” and the 2011 feature film “Monte Carlo”, died on June 27 after a long battle with cancer. She was 48 years old.
Greenspan’s death was confirmed by her husband, Jason Michaels, who said she was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
Greenspan has been a partner of Doug Robinson Productions for the past several years. She recently developed and served as an executive producer on the first two seasons of the ABC legal drama series “For Life”, and continued to work on the series until shortly before her death.
“Alison was a tenacious producer, who loved to nurture and protect the artists she worked with,” said Robinson. “The one thing she loved more than her job was her family, her husband Jason and her stepson Stevie. I consider myself lucky to have had her as a friend and partner… she will be missed by all of us who have. was lucky to have known her.
Earlier in her career, Greenspan was an executive in Denise Di Novi’s production company and worked on a range of projects, starting with “A Walk To Remember” in 2002. She produced many other feature films, including ” If I Stay “,” Ramona and Beezus “,” Monte Carlo “, “Catwoman” and “The Sorority of Travel Pants”.
“Alison was just the best, overall,” said Di Novi. “A brilliant and tenacious producer. A fiercely loyal and generous friend. The most tender and loving wife and mother. I had the good fortune to work with her by my side for so many years; she is loved by so many and will be remembered as a shining light in this endeavor.
Born Alison Sheryl Greenspan in Washington, DC, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American History and Political Science in 1994. While at Penn, Alison was proud to be a member of the celebrates Penn “Bloomers,” an original sketch and female musical comedy group – the experience that ignited her passion and pushed her to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After graduation, Alison moved to Los Angeles and began her career at CAA as an assistant to Jack Rapke. When Rapke left CAA to form his production company, ImageMovers, with Robert Zemeckis in 1998, Greenspan joined him as an executive.
In addition to his passion for film and television, Greenspan enjoyed traveling, tap dancing, tango, Pilates and his beloved poodle, Rusty.
Along with her husband, Greenspan is survived by one son, Stevie; his mother, Anne; and his sister, Mélissa.
“Our hearts go out to Jason, Stevie and all of his family and friends. Alison was an amazing human with a magnetic personality and her entire Sony family will be truly missed, ”Sony Pictures Television said in a statement.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a commemorative gift in memory of Alison Greenspan to support the UCLA Sarcoma program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancers Center. Donations can be directed to the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, Attn: Melissa Brody, 8-950 Factor Bldg, Box 951780, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1780; http://www.cancer.ucla.edu/donate.
A version of this story first appeared on Variety.com.