TV producers Amy Lin Johnson and Lisa Anderson killed in car accident in Costa Rica – The Hollywood Reporter

Amy Lin Johnson and Lisa Anderson, two respected backstage players specializing in live events and TV awards shows, died Friday in a car crash while vacationing in Costa Rica. Johnson was 49 years old. Anderson was 45 years old.

The couple died after the tourist minibus they were traveling in hit a semi-trailer as they attempted to overtake on a dual carriageway, according to a local report.

Their holiday companion, Leslie Wilson, 54, a television producer and director who also works in the live event space, survived the crash and was released from hospital. The fourth passenger in their minibus, as well as his driver, were killed.

Diana Barton, a producer who has collaborated with Johnson, Anderson and Wilson, said The Hollywood Reporter that the three friends were on their way to get tested for COVID-19 so they could go home the next day.

Johnson and Wilson recently served as co-executive producers of ABC’s Magical Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. They and Anderson forged careers as reliable freelancers who found work at numerous companies over the years.

Johnson and Anderson’s deaths “shook my production community to their hearts,” Michael Levitt, producer and president of unscripted content producer Michael Levitt Productions, writes on facebook. “When they say the good die young, there is no better example than Amy Johnson and Lisa Anderson. Two extremely talented, kind and beautiful souls. Always with a smile on their face. True professionals and human beings stellar.

From left to right: Leslie Wilson, Amy Lin Johnson and Lisa Anderson
Courtesy of Diana Barton

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Johnson compiled a producing resume that included work on the CMT Music Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Margaret Comeaux and John Hamlin, executive producers of the CMT Music Awards, noted in a statement that Johnson was their “gifted co-executive producer and a cherished friend.” Meticulously detailed, his work made ours easier and every show better.

“By nature she was both funny and kind and we are grateful to her for every moment she spent with us, whether on-site in full production or off-site at an amazing restaurant she discovered. Amy We will miss her dearly, but her kindness and kindness will never be forgotten.

Anderson, of Springfield, Ill., has served as production manager, associate director, script supervisor and producer for live events such as the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, The Kennedy Center Honors – she just completed work on the 2021 edition – Golden Globes, Grammys and live Oscars red carpet specials.

Johnson’s survivors include his parents; his sister, Cammie; his brother, Matthew; and his son Harper. A GoFundMe page was set up to help his son. Anderson’s survivors include his parents and his brother, Layne; she was unmarried and had no children.

“The passing of Amy and Lisa has sparked a reverberation of loss that is deeply felt within our variety television production family,” Barton and Wilson said in a statement to THR. “Nothing about our work exists for very long except the bonds and friendships we form over the years, with those we work with. In many cases, these relationships transcend family. Amy and Lisa have positively impacted everything they did and everyone they worked with, and we were a family.

“It wasn’t just the result of their talent, their determination, their decades of hard work and, above all, their desire to be part of, if not the heart of, a TV show. It was the result of who they really were as human beings.

“Besides being beloved daughters and Amy a devoted mother, they were our colleagues, our dear friends, our ‘another gentleman’s sister’, a shoulder to lean on and the first call you ever had. passed when you needed a glass of wine and a talk.

“We are a collective of friends numbering in the hundreds who will be missed in their laughter, their wits, their intelligence and their wonderful spirit in general. They will all be sorely missed and will certainly never be replaced.

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