Writer-Producer Dan Filie Dies

He penned and produced the screenplay for "Frankenhood" and co-wrote an episode of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."

Dan Filie, a writer-producer and television development executive, died unexpectedly at his home in Studio City on Jan. 13. He was 56.

A spokesman for the family said Filie died of natural causes.

Filie served as director of current drama for NBC and senior vp drama development at Universal Television, where he was responsible for the creation of many TV shows, most notably the syndication hits Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess.

More recently, Filie wrote and produced the screenplay for the 2009 feature film Frankenhood, a horror-comedy spoof, and co-wrote (with Patricia Wells) the "Old Wounds" episode of the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Survivors include his son Steven and his brother Nick.

Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.