Sean David Gerard Whitesell, a writer and producer for television shows including HBO's "Oz," CBS' "Cold Case," Fox's "House," TNT's “Perception” and AMC's “The Killing,” died on December 28 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 52. He was the brother of WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell.For “The Killing” he was nominated for an Edgar Award earlier this year. In addition, he wrote and directed a number of short films, the latest of which was "Eddie and the Aviator”...
As the man at the top of Endeavor, Whitesell helped steer the agency turned media conglomerate to another successful year in 2022. The WME division experienced double-digit growth, as its clients reeled in 35 Grammys, five Oscars and five Emmys, played more than 30,000 tour dates and headlined 50% of the musical festivals in the U.S. He was instrumental in steering Endeavor’s corporate chess moves, including merging the management of its luxury hospitality company On Location with its IMG Events division — which produces everything from sports events to fashion shows to food festivals — and acquiring betting-engine technology company Open Bet for $800 million and a 55% stake in collector car auctioneer and live events company Barrett-Jackson for $251 million. Whitesell also helped set client Hugh Jackman’s MCU debut and return as Wolverine for 2024’s “Deadpool 3.”