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Producer Brad Grey dies at 59


TV and movie producer Brad Grey has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 59.

The former Paramount Pictures executive passed away on Sunday (14May17) at his home in Holmby Hills, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Grey began his career as a partner in talent manager Bernie Brillstein’s company in the 1980s. He began producing TV series It’s Garry Shandling’s Show shortly after. Through his longtime partnership with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and then Brad Grey Television, Grey worked on several highly popular TV shows including The Sopranos, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Just Shoot Me!.

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In 2002, Grey launched Plan B with former married couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston and subsequently produced Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. After Pitt and Aniston divorced the production company was moved to Paramount Pictures, where Grey was named chairman and chief executive officer in 2005.

During his tenure at the movie studio, he executive produced The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007 and oversaw movies including Paranormal Activity, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Star Trek. He left the company in February (17).

A small funeral is set to take place later this week (begs15May15) and a memorial is planned in the near future.

Meanwhile, many filmmakers including James Gunn, Jon M. Chu, and Ava DuVernay are paying tribute to Grey.

“Rest In Peace, Brad Grey,” Gunn writes. “He was always good to me, in the small passing moments we had. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

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“Shocked &saddened by the loss of Brad Grey,” Chu adds. “He was a really good man. Kind & classy and a helluva (sic) boss. Oh man the world has lost a gentleman.”

“Before SELMA was released, he invited me to dinner,” DuVernay writes. “Fab stories. Good laughs. And shrewd advice that I still use. May his soul be at rest.”

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