Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey dies at 59

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 16, 2017

The hit films released during Grey's tenure included "Transformers", "Paranormal Activity", the Iron Man franchises, "Star Trek", "Shrek the Third", "Mission: Impossible III", "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol", and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".

Grey, who succeeded Sherry Lansing, stepped down as CEO of Paramount in February.

Grey also produced Scorsese's "The Departed", which won Best Picture in 2007.

He was hired by former Viacom CEO Tom Freston to run Paramount Pictures in 2005, replacing Sherry Lansing.

In a memo to the staff at the time of his departure, Grey wrote, "It has been my privilege to be a part of Paramount's storied history". "Your creativity, professionalism and integrity are second to none".

Grey was born December 29, 1957, in New York City. His first client was comedian Bob Saget, and his partnership with comics, including the late Garry Shandling, helped make his name in the business. "He was a thoughtful partner on "Just Shoot Me" and remained a friend".

Grey also worked in television, producing The Sopranos and The Larry Sanders Show. The conflict-of-interest suit was settled a year later.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Grey; their son Jules; his three grown children, Sam, Max and Emily, from his marriage to Jill Grey; his mother, Barbara Schumsky; his brother, Michael Grey; and his sister, Robin Grey. A private funeral will be held later this week, while a public memorial service was set to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.

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