Former V.P. of development at Viacom Steve Schmidt died of natural causes in Los Angeles July 24. He was 50.
Schmidt worked as a story editor at various independents including Vestron, PSO and Carolco, and also worked at the Directors Guild of America, before moving to Viacom.
He had recently returned to USC to complete his film degree while pursuing a career as a freelance screenwriter.
Born in Midland, Texas, Schmidt was raided in Creve Coeur, Mo., and studied to be a concert pianist before entering the film business.
He is survived by a daughter, his father and a brother.