Harvey Frand, Emmy-winning producer of cable channel SyFy's Battlestar Galactica, died July 23 in Los Angeles at 68, Variety reported.

Frand is survived by his domestic partner of 32 years, Bill Bowersock. The pair collaborated on several projects together, including two made-for-tv movies: USA Network's Out of Annie's Past and SyFy's New Eden. Bowersock composed the music for the 1985 feature film The Dirt Bike Kid.

Frand began his career in series producing with The Devlin Connection, which starred Rock Hudson, in 1982.

He joined Galactica in 2003, and won an AFI Award, the 2005 Peabody Award and a 2008 Emmy for his work on the series. Frand is currently nominated for a second Emmy Award.

“Harvey had a remarkable gift as a producer,” Mary McDonnell, star of Galactica, said in a statement. “He always made the person who was voicing needs and concerns know that he was truly listening despite the fact that you knew he was juggling hundreds of others simultaneously.”

NBC Universal executive Todd Sharp told The Hollywood Reporter: “Harvey was the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain, the orchestra conductor, the school guidance counselor.”

“He was adored by executive producers and production assistants, studio and network, cast and crew,” Sharp added.

Bowersock has asked for donations in Frand's name to be made to the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' Alive Music Project in lieu of flowers. An interactive online memorial can be found at Legacy.com.