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Brad Grey

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Brad Alan Grey December 29, 1957 – May 14, 2017 was an American television and film producer He co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment agency, and afterwards became the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a position he held from 20051 until 2017 Grey graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Under Grey’s leadership, Paramount finished No 1 in global market share in 2011 and No 2 domestically in 2008, 2009, and 2010, despite releasing significantly fewer films than its competitors23 He also produced eight out of Paramount's 10 top-grossing pictures of all time after having succeeded Sherry Lansing in 20054


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Philanthropy
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Grey was born to a Jewish family in the Bronx,56 the youngest child of a garment district salesman He majored in business and communications at the University at Buffalo7 While attending the university, he became a gofer for a young Harvey Weinstein, who was then a concert promoter The first show Grey produced at age 20 was a concert by Frank Sinatra at Buffalo's War Memorial Auditorium in 1978 Grey traveled to Manhattan on weekends to look for young comics at The Improv Grey brought comedian Bob Saget to New York, thus making Saget his first client8

Grey's career took off in 1984, when he met talent manager Bernie Brillstein in San Francisco, California at a television convention Having convinced Brillstein that he could deliver fresh talent, he was taken on as a partner and the Bernie Brillstein Company was re-christened Brillstein-Grey Entertainment9 Grey began producing for television in 1986 with the Showtime hit, It's Garry Shandling's Show In the late 1990s, Shandling sued Grey for breach of duties and related claims Shandling complained that his TV show lost its best writers and producers when Brad Grey got them deals to do other projects, and that Grey commissioned these other deals, while Shandling did not benefit from them Grey denied the allegations and countersued, saying the comedian breached his contract on The Larry Sanders Show by failing to produce some episodes and indiscriminately dismissing writers, among other actions10 Both suits were settled avoiding a trial11 Shandling did testify about Grey during the 2008 trial of private investigator Anthony Pellicano who worked on Grey’s defense team1213 The value of the settlement to Shandling was later disputed by attorneys as being either $4 million or $10 million1415


Grey was formerly chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation Grey was named CEO in 2005 In his position, Grey was responsible for overseeing all feature film development and production for films distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Insurge, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies16 He was also responsible for the worldwide business operations for Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Animation, Studio Group and Worldwide Television Distribution17

Among the commercial and critical hit films Paramount produced and/or distributed during Grey's tenure were the Transformers, Paranormal Activity, and Iron Man franchises, Star Trek, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek the Third, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, An Inconvenient Truth, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Babel, Shutter Island, Up in the Air, The Fighter, True Grit, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and Hugo

During his time as chairman and CEO of Paramount, the studio's films were nominated for dozens of Academy Awards, including 20 in 201118 and 18 in 201219

In 2002, Grey formed Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, with a first-look deal at Warner Bros The company produced two films for Warner Bros: Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson After Pitt and Aniston separated, Grey and Pitt moved the company to Paramount Pictures in 200520

Previously, for 20 years, Grey was partner of the talent management company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, one of the industry's elite organizations, regarded by Forbes as "Hollywood's most successful management and production firm",21 there he produced some of the most popular and most honored series on television, including the Emmy Award-winning hit, The Sopranos and The Wayne Brady Show Several high-profile and successful shows were developed in the 1990s under the Brillstein-Grey banner:

  • CBS: Good Sports
  • HBO: The Larry Sanders Show, Mr Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Sopranos
  • NBC: NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me!

In 1996, Brillstein sold his shares of the Brillstein-Grey company to Grey, giving Grey full rein over operations; the company's television unit was subsequently rechristened "Brad Grey Television" Grey also ventured into film by producing the Adam Sandler hit, Happy Gilmore

Grey is a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA and Emmy Award winner, as well as a four-time recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award

Since arriving at Paramount in 2005, Chairman and CEO Grey has led a return to fortune at the box office22 He has overseen the creation or revitalization of several major franchises, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, and Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and generated $192 million at the global box office3 Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $177 million worldwide, and the third installment in the franchise collected $2057 million worldwide in 201123 A fourth installment was released in October 2012 The studio’s 2011 results included Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which grossed more than $11 billion worldwide, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, whose $694 million global box office tally makes it the most successful entry in that franchise2425 Paramount's 2012 slate included The Dictator which earned $179 million on a $65 million budget226

Paramount has also forged productive relationships with top-tier filmmakers and talent including J J Abrams, Michael Bay and Martin Scorsese27

In 2011, leveraging the success of Rango, the studio’s first original, computer-animated release, Grey oversaw the launch of a new animation division, Paramount Animation28

The 2010 Paramount slate achieved much success with Shutter Island and True Grit reaching the biggest box office totals in the storied careers of Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers, respectively In addition, during Grey's tenure, Paramount launched its own worldwide releasing arm, Paramount Pictures International, and has released acclaimed films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Up in the Air and There Will Be Blood The success of Paranormal Activity also led to the creation of a low-budget releasing label Insurge Pictures, which released Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which has collected nearly $100 million in worldwide box office revenue29

Grey was ousted from Paramount Pictures shortly before his death, a result of a power struggle between his backers and the family of majority owner Sumner Redstone, along with a series of flops that cost the studio $450 million in losses30


Grey died on May 14, 2017 from cancer at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, California with his family by his side31 He was 593233


Grey received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SUNY during a visit to Buffalo and UB in 200334 Grey’s current and former Board appointments include:

  • UCLA's Executive Board for the Medical Sciences35
  • USC School of Cinema-Television Board of Councilors36
  • Board of Directors for Project ALS37
  • NYU's Tisch School of the Arts38
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art39


This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries
  Award     Year     Work     Category     Ref  
Emmy 2004 The Sopranos Outstanding Drama Series 40
Emmy 2007 The Sopranos Outstanding Drama Series 40
Peabody 1993 The Larry Sanders Show 41
Peabody 1998 The Larry Sanders Show 42
Peabody 1999 The Sopranos 43
Peabody 2000 The Sopranos 44
PGA 2000 The Sopranos 45
PGA 2005 The Sopranos Norman Felton Producer of the Year – Episodic 45
PGA 2008 The Sopranos Norman Felton Producer of the Year – Episodic 45


  1. ^ Cieply, Michael 2009-01-08 "New York Times, Jan 2009" Nytimescom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  2. ^ a b Finke, Nikki 2012-01-02 "Paramount Topples Warner Bros For #1 In 2011 Market Share With Record $517B Worldwide, Jan 2012" Deadlinecom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  3. ^ a b Cieply, Michael 2009-12-13 "New York Times, Dec 2009" Nytimescom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  4. ^ Biskind, Peter 2012-06-11 "Vanity Fair, July 2012" VanityFaircom Retrieved 2012-07-19 
  5. ^ Joel Stein December 19, 2008 "Who runs Hollywood C'mon" LA Times Retrieved 16 January 2014 
  6. ^ Jewish Journal: "The Heroes of Jewish Comedy" by Tom Teicholz July 3, 2003
  7. ^ O'Shei, Tim 15 May 2017 "Brad Grey, UB grad-turned-Hollywood mogul, dies at 59" The Buffalo News Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  8. ^ "Yahoo! Movies" Moviesyahoocom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  9. ^ "WMAcom" PDF Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  10. ^ "New York Times July 3, 1999" Nytimescom 1999-07-03 Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  11. ^ Bates, James 1999-07-03 "LA Times July 3, 1999" Articleslatimescom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  12. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel 2008-03-17 "LA Times March 17, 2008" Articleslatimescom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  13. ^ Halbfinger, David M 2008-03-14 "New York Times March, 2008" Los Angeles Calif: Nytimescom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  14. ^ "Huffington Post March, 2008" Huffingtonpostcom 2008-03-18 Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  15. ^ Garrett, Diane 2008-03-17 "Variety Mar 17, 2008" Varietycom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  16. ^ http://wwwparamountcom/studio/divisions, Paramount Picture
  17. ^ "Paramount Corporate" Paramountcom Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  18. ^ "Reuters Jan 25th, 2011" 2011-01-25 
  19. ^ Finke, Nikki 2012-01-24 "OSCARS: Nominations By Studio – Sony 21, Paramount 18, Weinstein 16, Disney 13, Fox 10, Universal 7, Warner Bros 5, Roadside Attractions 4" Deadlinecom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  20. ^ Hazelton, John 2005-06-23 "Screen Daily" Screen Daily Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  21. ^ "Forbes Magazine 070802" 2002-08-07 Archived from the original on November 4, 2012 
  22. ^ Lauria, Peter 2010-02-12 "New York Post, February 2010" Nypostcomcom Retrieved 2011-06-13 
  23. ^ "Box Office Mojo: Paranormal Activity 3" BoxOfficeMojocom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  24. ^ Subers, Ray 2012-02-07 "Around-the-World Roundup: 'M:I-4' Passes $600 Million Worldwide" BoxOfficeMojocom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  25. ^ "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" BoxOfficeMojocom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  26. ^ "The Dictator" Box Office Mojo Retrieved August 1, 2012 
  27. ^ "New York Times , November 8, 2006" Nytimescomcom 2006-11-08 Retrieved 2011-06-13 
  28. ^ Miller, Daniel 2011-10-10 "David Stainton Tapped to Run Paramount Animation" HollywoodReportercom Retrieved 2012-02-10 
  29. ^ "Box Office Mojo" 
  30. ^ Lang, Brent; Oldham, Stuart 15 May 2017 "Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59" Variety Retrieved 15 May 2017 
  31. ^ Smith, Harrison May 15, 2017 "Brad Grey, ‘Sopranos’ producer who led Paramount studios, dies at 59" The Washington Post ISSN 0190-8286 Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  32. ^ Kilday, Gregg May 15, 2017 "Brad Grey, Former Head of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  33. ^ Faughnder, Ryan; Miller, Daniel May 15, 2017 "Brad Grey, the old-school mogul who ran Paramount Pictures, dies at 59" Los Angeles Times ISSN 0458-3035 Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  34. ^ "Univ Buffalo Archives" Buffaloedu 2003-04-03 Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  35. ^ "UCLA Health" UCLA Health Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  36. ^ "USC Cinema" Cinemauscedu Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  37. ^ "Project ALS" Archived from the original on 2007-10-11 
  38. ^ "Tisch NYU, 2004" Tischnyuedu 2004-11-09 Retrieved 2011-05-08 
  39. ^ Pener, Degen 2013-06-19 "Paramount Pictures’ Brad Grey Joins LACMA as Trustee Exclusive" HollywoodReportercom Retrieved 2013-06-24 
  40. ^ a b "Brad Grey" Emmys Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  41. ^ "The Larry Sanders Show HBO: Winner 1993" Peabody Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  42. ^ "The Larry Sanders Show: Flip HBO: Winner 1998" Peabody Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  43. ^ "The Sopranos HBO: Winner 1999" Peabody Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  44. ^ "The Sopranos HBO: Winner 2000" Peabody Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  45. ^ a b c "PGA Award Winners 1990-2010" Producers Guild of America Retrieved May 15, 2017 

External linksedit

  • Brad Grey on Internet Movie Database
  • Brad Grey on Charlie Rose

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