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'Shield' Producer/Director Scott Brazil 1956-2006

by Pat Saperstein


Scott Brazil

LOS ANGELES, California - Scott Brazil, producer-director of series including "The Shield" and "Hill Street Blues," died in Sherman Oaks on Monday, April 17. He was 50. Brazil died from respiratory failure due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and lyme disease at Sherman Oaks Hospital, according to FX Networks.

Brazil was executive producer of "The Shield," FX's first original drama series, which premiered in March 2002 and became the first basic cable series to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He also directed 11 episodes produced to date, including the first season finale and the season two, three and four premieres and finales.

He also directed episodes of "Nip/Tuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS," "JAG," "Nash Bridges," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the pilot episode of ESPN's drama series "Playmakers." He was a co-executive producer on the Andre Braugher series, "Gideon's Crossing."


In Los Angeles, director/executive producer Scott Brazil on the

interior set of 'The Shield.'

As a producer on NBC's "Hill Street Blues," Brazil won two Emmys for drama series in 1983 and 1984, received two nominations in that category, won a Golden Globe in 1983 for TV drama series and received two Golden Globe nominations. Along with 'Shield' creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan, he won the 2002 Golden Globe for drama series.

Although his condition had worsened, Brazil used a motorized wheelchair to go about his duties as "The Shield" producer-director, according to Ryan. "He worked (last) Thursday, working to the very last day, talking to the writers, doing casting and prepping our next episode," Ryan said. "That's what made all this so stunning for us. We're kind of shocked."

Shooting on the set of "The Shield" continued on schedule Tuesday in tribute to Brazil. "I think everyone would have felt lost if they went home and had to deal with this and had nothing to do," Ryan said. "This was really one of the great guys of Hollywood," he added.


Scott Brazil was a producer/director of 'The Shield'

Brazil graduated from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, and was a member of the Directors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Brazil was developing series for several networks and, as recently as two weeks ago, sold Spike TV one of its first two original drama series pilots -- "Kill Pit," with James DeMonaco, that Brazil was signed to executive produce and direct. He also had other projects in development with Norman Morrill, who created "Thief" for FX, and another one with Adam Rapp.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughter Lindsay, 15; son Mark, 11; his father David; his mother Barbara; and brother Griff. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the television academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

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