Magazine article Variety

Connecting with the Demo

Magazine article Variety

Connecting with the Demo

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Ken ehrlich isn't as synonymous with the Emmys as he is with the Grammys, but he does have the right Emmy mindset.

"I think a degree in psychology is always the first thing for anybody in television, because there are last-minute problems with people who don't show up, or show up late, or don't want to go on," says retired TV Academy chief operating officer Alan Perris.

"I think these people who do specials, who do live television events, have a lot of ice in their blood, and they can only prepare for so much. I just think that comes with a lot of experience. There's a unique group of people that do that job well, and Ken's one of them."

Ehrlich has produced six Primetime Emmycasts, most recently in 2013 for CBS, his longtime Grammy partner. Not surprisingly, he frequently infuses music into the smallscreen celebration, such as 2007's tribute to "The Sopranos" that began with a medley of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. …

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