Zack Estrin, the respected writer-producer and showrunner known for his work on Fox’s “Prison Break” and Netflix’s recent revival of “Lost in Space,” died September 23 in Hermosa Beach, California. He was 51.
Estrin’s death was confirmed on Sunday by his longtime talent agency WME. Estrin was remembered by friends and family as a versatile writer and producer who was a generous mentor to others.
“Zack Estrin was everything to us,” Estrin’s family said in a statement. “The best husband, father, son and friend. He loved to make everyone happy. He loved to make everyone laugh. He loved being a writer/producer and being a part of these shows that people enjoyed. But most of all, he loved his family and friends. Thank you all for being a part of his life and ours.”
WME President Ari Greenburg added, “Zack was our client for nearly 25 years. He had a hugely successful career and mentored so many writers. We are so proud of all his achievements and feel blessed to have called him a friend.”
Estrin, born in California, grew up in Brooklyn. He attended the University of Southern California and found his way into film production working on such titles as ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ and ‘O’. He made the move to TV as a producer in the mid-late 1990s on drama series such as WB Network’s “Charmed” and “Dawson’s Creek” and Fox’s short-lived “Tru Calling.”
From there, he went on to write and produce roles in Fox’s big-budget actioner “Prison Break.” In recent years, he has delivered three fantasy dramas for ABC, “The Whispers” (2014-15), “The River” (2011-12) and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (2013-14). Estrin was particularly proud of the work he led as showrunner and executive producer on the reboot of “Lost in Space,” which ran for three seasons from 2018 to 2021.
Estrin’s survivors include his wife, Kari Estrin, and daughters, Charlotte and Chloe. He also leaves behind his parents, Patricia and Jonathan Estrin, sister Amelia Burstyn, stepbrother Dylan Arrants and stepsisters Julie List and Laura Humphrey.
In lieu of flowers, Estrin’s family is requesting donations to the Zack Estrin USC Scholarship Fund, Care for PNG LLC, 11400 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 590, Los Angeles, CA 90064