Brad Grey: RIP to Hollywood’s Savviest Player-Mogul

Brad Grey’s Legacy: 12 Hits He Produced, From ‘The Sopranos’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos) On a studio lot once informed by the raging temper of Jonathan Dolgen and the foul language of Sumner Redstone, Grey was a smooth operator. For years, Paramount Pictures has been underperforming as a unit compared to the revenue and profits brought by his colleagues on the TV side. Even as he ran one of Hollywood’s legendary film studios, Grey continued to rack up credits as a producer on shows including “The Sopranos,” The Departed – even up to last Friday night’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher” which he still produced. Even as news swirled about the changes at Viacom, and the fact that Paramount was producing so few movies, Grey always remained calm and confident. Before he got divorced, his union with Jill – who he met in college – was one of the most longstanding among Hollywood moguls, and he was proud of that.   Just one week ago, a few dozen of Paramount’s luminaries – executives, producers, directors – gathered in the corporate commissary to salute Sherry Lansing, the legendary executive who preceded Grey at the studio, and who is the subject of a new biography by Stephen Galloway. The new studio chief Gianopulos was there, as were longtime members of the Paramount family: producers Donald De Line and Sean Daniels, directors John Singleton and Alexander Payne, Motion Picture Academy President (and former Paramountian) Cheryl Boone Isaacs and executives including international marketing chief Megan Colligan and production chief Marc Evans.

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