Terminally Ill 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon to Be Subject of Fusion Documentary Project
Simpsons co-creator and producer Sam Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, is allowing the ABC News-Univision startup network Fusion to document the final months of his life, it was announced Wednesday.
Since his diagnosis, Simon has been spending his vast fortune to save animals from abusive situations, as The Hollywood Reporter previously detailed.
The longtime PETA board member secretly rescued an injured racehorse, it was revealed in May. He also founded the Sam Simon Foundation, which provides food to needy families and rescues stray dogs, and he has contributed to the marine conservation organization Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
“Sam Simon is a singular figure. Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in a statement.
Fusion will document his battle against cancer and fight for animal rights in a project being produced in conjunction with Wayfarer Entertainment.
Simon left the Simpsons in 1993, retaining an executive producer title. He also has worked as a writer, producer and director on Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show and The Drew Carey Show. He has received nine Emmys and a Peabody award. He’s well-known throughout Hollywood for his philanthropy.