Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey

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Martin Scorsese, Jim Gianopulos, Ava DuVernay among well-wishers.

Hollywood is paying its respects to the former Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey, who died unexpectedly on Sunday from cancer at the age of 59.

Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: "Brad Grey was a true friend, and he genuinely loved movies. Our professional relationship started with The Departed, which he basically shepherded into existence - sadly, he is uncredited as a producer on that picture, but that's the title he deserved.

"He and I worked together on every picture I made since - all the way through Silence, and he was always extremely protective of the creative process, very careful to keep it separate from all infighting and financial entanglements -- in other words, the business. Like so many of Brad's friends, I'm in a state of shock."

Jim Gianopulos, who recently replaced Grey as Paramount chairman and CEO, said: "All of us at Paramount are deeply saddened by the news of Brad Grey's passing. He was at the helm of the studio for over a decade and was responsible for so many of its most beloved films.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Cassandra, Max, Sam, Emily and Jules Grey, along with Brad's mother, brother and sister. I was proud to call Brad a friend, and one I greatly admired. He will be missed by us all, and left his mark on our industry and in our hearts."

Sopranos creator David Chase said: "Brad was a grand partner and colleague. …

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