Ken Ehrlich to Exec Produce 65th Primetime Emmys
Fresh from an impressive Grammys telecast, Ken Ehrlich has been tapped by CBS and the Television Academy to helm the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Ken Ehrlich has been named Executive Producer of the 65th Primetime Emmy® Awards, to be broadcast from Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 22 on the CBS Television Network. This will be Ehrlich’s sixth time producing the Primetime Emmy Awards. He recently led the Grammy Awards to two of its most-viewed events, with the 2012 broadcast delivering 39.9 million viewers, its largest audience since 1984.
“Ken has been a great partner with CBS throughout the years on many specials,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “The incredible ratings success of The Grammy Awards, particularly in recent years, demonstrates his talent for packaging industry celebrations into exciting live television events with tremendous energy and entertainment. We’re thrilled to have him on board as executive producer of this year’s Emmy Awards.”
“We are excited to welcome Ken and his team back to the Primetime Emmys,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “This is a landmark year in television excellence and we are confident he will produce an extraordinary show.”
In his more than 30 years as a producer/creator, with hundreds of hours of highly acclaimed specials to his credit, Ehrlich has introduced numerous innovative concepts for shows, including the Grammys, Primetime Emmy Awards, Blockbuster Awards, Alma Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, European MTV Award and MTV Movie Awards, which he created in 1992. A producer of music-related and non-traditional programming for television, he has produced the annual Grammy Awards, five Grammy Awards nominations specials, five Emmy Awards broadcasts and many single and multi-artist and concept specials for network, cable, syndication and home video programming. From his earliest days in television as the producer/creator of the award-winning Soundstage series for public television, Ehrlich was honored by the Producer’s Guild of America.
He’s been responsible for some of television’s most memorable moments, from Sports Illustrated’s 20th Century Sports Awards on CBS, which brought together the single greatest collective of living athletes in history, to great collaborative moments on a series of DIVAS shows he created for VH1; the historic Night for John Lennon and New York City, produced just two weeks after the events of Sept. 11, 2001; the LIVE show from Philadelphia; and several In Performance at the White House specials for PBS. Also, he has been involved in the creation and production of numerous music-related series, including Motown Live, the Dennis Miller Show and, for two years, he produced the landmark series Fame. Ehrlich has continuing relationships with many of pop music’s royalty, including Celine Dion, for whom he produced numerous television specials for CBS, and directed her current long-running Las Vegas show, Celine.
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