LATIMES: Brad Grey, the former chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Holmby Hills, his family said through a spokeswoman. He was 59.
A former talent manager, Grey led the Paramount Pictures movie and television studio, known for the “Transformers” and “Star Trek” movies, for 12 years. He left the Viacom Inc.-owned studio in February.
Before joining Paramount, Grey was a partner at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he represented stars such as Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler and produced such TV shows as HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
As a movie producer, his credits include Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner “The Departed” and Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
He was hired by former Viacom CEO Tom Freston to run Paramount Pictures in 2005, replacing Sherry Lansing. Grey led the acquisition of DreamWorks SKG, the studio created by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Grey with David Milch and crew from the Sopranos winning the Emmy
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.
There will be a small private funeral service this week, and a memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks, the family said. READ MORE