Producer packs it in after 35 years
February’s Grammycast will be the last Pierre Cossette actively produces.
After having produced 35 Grammy Awards kudocasts, Cossette will hand the reins to Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette, who will exec produce for Cossette Prods.
“For 35 years now, Pierre has been music to our ears, and his passion for live music and dedication to extraordinary production values have made the Grammys the top-rated and most respected music telecast,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said.
Pierre Cossette began producing the Grammy telecast in 1971, the year the awards were first televised live nationally. The show aired on ABC for the first three years and will air for the 32nd consecutive year on CBS in 2005.
He will continue to produce on Broadway and is developing a musical inspired by the life of Woody Guthrie. Cossette is also working on a sequel to his book, “Another Day in Showbiz.”
John Cossette has been with the show since 1971 and has exec produced three Latin Grammys broadcasts and several BET Awards shows. Ehrlich, who produces music-related programming throughout the year, has produced the Grammy Awards since 1980.