Philippe P. Dauman

Brad Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, dies at 59

Brad Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, dies at 59

In 1995, talent manager Brad Grey started pitching the major television networks on an edgy show about a depressed middle-aged mobster. Everybody turned him down.

Using the salesmanship skills that became his calling card, Grey finally persuaded Chris Albrecht, then HBO’s head of original programming, to take on “The Sopranos.” That show helped usher in the current “golden age” of television and transform HBO into a cable juggernaut.

“He called me up and said, ‘I’m going to bring you something really special,’ ” recalled Albrecht, who now runs cable network Starz. “Brad would never insist. He would just talk you into it. I never made a mistake trusting Brad's opinion or...

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