Former “Deadliest Catch” producer shot dead

A producer who worked on the Discovery Channel series (pictured) in 2013 was shot dead outside his California home on Friday (July 24).
July 24, 2015

A producer who worked on the ninth season of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch (pictured) has been shot dead outside his California home.

Joe McMahon was shot in front of his Pasadena residence early on Friday morning, according to a CBS2 News report. The 25-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived on the scene.

Family members told CBS2 News reporter Adrianna Weingold that McMahon reportedly heard a noise outside and went to investigate when he was shot.

CBS2 later reported that the 24-year-old suspect in the incident had been found dead in his vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities have not yet explained a possible connection between the suspect and McMahon.

According to McMahon’s IMDb page, he worked as an associate producer on the Original Productions series over nine episodes of its ninth season in 2013.

“We are heartsick about this tragedy – our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all that knew and worked with him,” said Discovery Channel in a statement shared with realscreen.

Philip D. Segal, CEO and executive producer at Original Productions, said in a statement, “The entire Original Productions family is heartbroken with this news. Our thoughts and prayers are for the McMahon Family.”

A spokesperson for Original Productions told realscreen that McMahon wasn’t currently working on any series for the producer.


About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.