Brad Grey

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Brad Grey
Born (1957-12-29) December 29, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
Years active 1984 - present
Spouse(s) Jill Gutterson (1982-?; divorced; 2 children)
Cassandra Huysentruyt (2011-present)

Brad Alan Grey (born December 29, 1957) is the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a position he has held since 2005.[1] 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 competitors.[2][3] He also has produced 8 out of Paramount's 10 top-grossing pictures of all time since he succeeded Sherry Lansing in 2005.[4]

Early life[edit]

Grey was born in the Bronx to Jewish parents,[5] the youngest child of a garment district salesman. He majored in business and communications at the University at Buffalo. 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 twenty) 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 client.[6]

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 Entertainment.[7] 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. Mr. Grey denied the allegations and countersued, saying the comedian breached his contract on the Sanders show by failing to produce some episodes and indiscriminately dismissing writers, among other actions.[8] Both suits were settled avoiding a trial.[9] Shandling did testify about Grey during the 2008 trial of private investigator Anthony Pellicano who worked on Grey’s defense team.[10][11] The value of the settlement to Shandling was later disputed by attorneys as being either $4 million or $10 million.[12][13]

Career[edit]

Grey is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation. Grey was named CEO in 2005. In his position, Grey is 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 Movies.[14] He is 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 Distribution.[15]

Among the commercial and critical hit films Paramount has produced and/or distributed during Grey's tenure are 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, and Hugo.

Since he became chairman and CEO of Paramount, the studio's films have been nominated for dozens of Academy Awards, including 20 in 2011[16] and 18 in 2012.[17]

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 2005.[18]

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",[19] there he produced some of the most popular and most honored series on television, including the Emmy Award-winning hit, The Sopranos, The Wayne Brady Show. Several high profile and successful shows were developed in the 1990s under the Brillstein-Grey banner:

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 office.[20] 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 office.[3] Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $177 million worldwide, and the third installment in the franchise collected $205.7 million worldwide in 2011.[21] A fourth installment is scheduled for release in October 2012. The studio’s 2011 results included Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, whose $600 million-plus global box office tally makes it the most successful entry in that franchise.[22][23] Paramount's 2012 slate includes The Dictator.[2]

Paramount has also forged productive relationships with top-tier filmmakers and talent including J. J. Abrams, Michael Bay and Martin Scorsese.[24]

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 Animation.[25]

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 revenue.[26]

Grey is also an American film and television producer, partnered with actor/producer Brad Pitt in the production company Plan B.[27]

Awards[edit]

  Award     Year     Work     Category  
Emmy 2004 The Sopranos Outstanding Drama Series
Emmy 2007 The Sopranos Outstanding Drama Series
Golden Globe 2000 The Sopranos Best Television Series – Drama
Golden Globe 2001 The Sopranos Best Television Series – Drama
Golden Globe 2002 The Sopranos Best Television Series – Drama
Peabody 1993 The Larry Sanders Show
Peabody 1998 The Larry Sanders Show
Peabody 1999 The Sopranos
Peabody 2000 The Sopranos
PGA 2005 The Sopranos Norman Felton Producer of the Year – Episodic
PGA 2008 The Sopranos Norman Felton Producer of the Year – Episodic

Philanthropy[edit]

Grey received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SUNY during a visit to Buffalo and UB in 2003.[28] Grey’s current and former Board appointments include:

  • UCLA's Executive Board for the Medical Sciences[29]
  • USC School of Cinema-Television Board of Councilors[30]
  • Board of Directors for Project A.L.S.[31]
  • NYU's Tisch School of the Arts[32]
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art[33]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ "Reuters Jan 25th, 2011". 2011-01-25. 
  17. ^ 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". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  18. ^ Hazelton, John (2005-06-23). "Screen Daily". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  19. ^ "Forbes Magazine 07.08.02". 2002-08-07. Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. 
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  22. ^ Subers, Ray (2012-02-07). "Around-the-World Roundup: 'M:I-4' Passes $600 Million Worldwide". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  23. ^ "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  24. ^ "New York Times , November 8, 2006". Nytimes.com.com. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  25. ^ Miller, Daniel (2011-10-10). "David Stainton Tapped to Run Paramount Animation". HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
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  27. ^ "ScreenDaily, June 23, 2005". 
  28. ^ "Univ Buffalo Archives". Buffalo.edu. 2003-04-03. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  29. ^ "UCLA Health". UCLA Health. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  30. ^ "USC Cinema". Cinema.usc.edu. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  31. ^ Project A.L.S.[dead link]
  32. ^ "Tisch NYU, 2004". Tisch.nyu.edu. 2004-11-09. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  33. ^ Pener, Degen (2013-06-19). "Paramount Pictures’ Brad Grey Joins LACMA as Trustee (Exclusive)". HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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