Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey dies at 59

Prior to his Paramount post, Grey co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment talent management agency with his longtime business partner, Bernie Brillstein.

"He was always good to me, in the small passing moments we had".

Before he joined Paramount in 2005, Grey served as co-founder of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he was the executive producer of multiple acclaimed television shows, including "The Larry Sanders Show", "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "The Sopranos", which he won two Emmys for in 2004 and 2007.

Before exiting Paramount in February, Grey oversaw franchises such as Star Trek, Transformers and Mission: Impossible and prestige properties including The Big Short. "May his soul be at rest". "Oh man the world has lost a gentleman", wrote "Step Up 2" director Jon M. Chu on Twitter.

Former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Brad Grey attends the premiere of "FENCES" in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 19, 2016.

Following news of Grey's death, Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, called Grey a friend who he "greatly admired".

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Grey's death comes as something of a surprise to the industry, many of whom were unaware of his illness. "His contributions to the creative community will be enjoyed for years to come".

Thanks to Grey's leadership, Paramount was also able to acquire Dreamworks SKG (and with it, Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and David Geffen) and develop a relationship with Martin Scorsese, who released films like "Shutter Island, "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Silence" with the studio".

Born in NY in 1957, Grey started out in the entertainment business as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein, who was then a concert promoter.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Grey, their son, and three children from a previous marriage.

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

  • Stacy Houston