Tuesday, April 23, 2024

End of An Era: Grammys Will Get New Exec Producer Beginning 2021 as Ken Ehrlich Winds Up 40 Year Run in 2020


It’s the end of an era at the Grammy awards. Executive producer Ken Ehrlich will wind up his 40 year run with the show this January. Beginning in 2021, the EP will be Ben Winston, who has also been EP for James Corden’s late night talk show.

Ehrlich’s retirement was expected, as the Grammys and NARAS are going through a big change this year. Neil Portnow is stepping down from running the whole organization next month. Deborah Dugan of the organization (RED) is succeeding him.

Ehrlich worked for the famous producer Pierre Cossette for years, eventually taking over and forming his own company, AEG/Erhlich Productions. He is indefatigable when it comes to batting home runs, one after another. This past winter he not only produced the Emmy-nominated Grammy show but also CBS specials honoring Aretha Franklin and Motown.

Winston is a six-time Emmy Award winner and a 22-time nominee, he has produced a multitude of shows including “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” co-created “Carpool Karaoke,” and “Drop The Mic” and has produced many music specials for artists such as Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber to name a few.

Winston will face the ever growing challenge of bringing ratings to the Grammys while sticking with actual talent. Ironically, Ehrlich’s last show will likely be all about Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road,” and maybe getting an Album of the Year award for Bruce Springsteen. That would be his crowning glory.





Roger Friedman
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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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