Thursday, June 20, 2024

John Cossette, 54, Grammy Awards Producer


Today ends as it began, with the announcement that someone I knew has died. John Cossette, 54, was the son of legendary producer Pierre Cossette. John worked with his father for years producing the Grammys, then took the reins when Pierre was too ill to work. Pierre passed away last year, and now John, way too early, has followed him. I had dinner with John last fall, ironically, at Elaine’s with Elaine Kaufman. John was very excited that his first Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” had done so well. He had a lot of plans for more shows, and to follow in the footsteps of Pierre, who’d received a Tony Award for “The Will Rogers Follies.” What a shame. Condolences to John’s wife and daughters. As for the Grammys, I suppose they will now fall entirely to Ken Ehrlich, who was Pierre’s protege.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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