It’s a good thing that Ken Ehrlich has already cleared his calendar to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 28, because there’s precious little downtime for the Emmy-Award winning producer in 2015.
This year kicks off with the 57th annual Grammy Awards and Ehrlich’s 35th year working on the show. Two nights after the Feb. 8 ceremony, he will produce “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute,” which will air Feb. 16 on CBS. Similar to last year’s “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute,” the special will feature top artists covering songs by the icon.
In March, PBS stations across the country will rerun the long-unavailable very first episode of Ehrlich’s groundbreaking live music series, “Soundstage.” In late April and early May, Ehrlich furthers his partnership with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival by shooting select performances that will air on AXS TV.
“We go there every year, I love New Orleans,” Ehrlich says. Fest CEO “Quint Davis has asked me to shoot it. I just keep telling him no because I just want to be there, but we’re going to shoot it this year.”
In September, he travels to New York’s Central Park to produce the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival, a free ticketed event that raises awareness to help eradicate poverty by 2030.
Then in October, Ehrlich begins work on the 2016 Grammy Awards, starting with the CBS primetime special in December that ties in the announcement of the nominations with performances.
As full as his calendar is, Ehrlich hints that there are some other projects in the works, including a potential “single artist special.”