Kenneth Ehrlich

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Kenneth Ehrlich
BornKenneth James Ehrlich
1943 (age 70–71)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
ResidenceWestlake Village, California
EducationOhio University
OccupationExecutive producer of the Grammy Award ceremonies[1][2]
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Kenneth Ehrlich
BornKenneth James Ehrlich
1943 (age 70–71)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
ResidenceWestlake Village, California
EducationOhio University
OccupationExecutive producer of the Grammy Award ceremonies[1][2]

Kenneth "Ken" Ehrlich (born 1943)[3] is an American television producer and director.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Ehrlich was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.[6] He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1960[7] and from Ohio University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[8][9] After he graduated from college, he moved to Chicago with his wife Harriet.[10]


He has produced network television programs since 1974, when he created the PBS music series, Soundstage, for Chicago public television. He moved to Los Angeles two years later and began his career, which has included more than three decades of telecasting Grammy Awards,[11] and five Emmy Awards ceremonies.[clarification needed]

Beginning in 1980, he began producing the Grammy Award telecasts for CBS, and is responsible for creating the concept of “Grammy moments”, which have included such memorable performances by Prince and Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin's operatic debut, the famous Eminem-Elton John duet, as well as the Melissa Etheridge-Joss Stone duet, and historic reunions between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and the musical group, The Police.[12] In 2010, he was presented with the Recording Academy's President's Award for his long-time service to the Grammy Awards event.[citation needed]

Ehrlich has produced such specials as "The Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sports Awards" (2000), "In Performance at the White House; Music of the Civil Rights Movement" (2009), "The NFL Kickoff Spectacular in Times Square" (2002), "Mandela Freedomfest" (1988), "Live 8 the Philadelphia LIVE 8 event" (2006) as well as numerous other prime time specials for both broadcast and cable networks. In 2012, he produced the Rolling Stones highly successful 50th Anniversary pay per view special.[13]

Additionally, he directed Celine Dion's New Las Vegas Show, which has just completed the first three year leg of an extended run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He has worked with Dion and husband Rene Angelil on Celine's television specials since 1995. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.[14][15]

In 2006, Anschutz Entertainment Group, AEG, purchased an unspecified piece of Ken Ehrlich Productions, and in 2012,that joint venture was extended for a second five year term. [16]

Since 2010, Ehrlich has produced annual PBS shows produced (in cooperation with WETA and the Grammy Museum) in the East Room of the White House, with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake to Mavis Staples, Ariana Grande, Gary Clark Jr. and Cyndi Lauper [17]

In 2006, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) purchased Ehrlich's Ken Ehrlich Productions.[18][19]

In 2012, the Grammys, which Ehrlich executive produces, received a 39.9 rating, its highest rating since 1984, beating the Academy Awards for the first time since that date. Observers credited some of the rise to the show's response to the death of Whitney Houston, while producers said that an extremely strong show that ranged from performances by Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and tributes to the Beach Boys and Glen Campbell were heavily responsible for the ratings bump. The show also featured the return of Chris Brown after a three year absence. (Brown's last appearance on the show was cancelled due to his attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the Grammy Show in 2009.)[20][21]

In 2014, on two successive nights, Ehrlich executive produced the 56th Grammy Awards, his 34th Grammy show, and then The Beatles; The Night that Changed America, an all star celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Both shows achieved highly positive reviews and high ratings, and both featured first time televised performances (since the days of the Beatles) by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together.

The 2014 Grammy show also featured a highly controversial group wedding celebrating Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love” featuring the two of them, Madonna, Queen Latifah and writer performer of the song, Mary Lambert. It achieved some of the highest social network numbers of any individual segment on an awards show of the year.

Ehrlich had produced 34 Grammy shows and seven Emmy shows as of 2014.

Honors and awards[edit]

Ehrlich has been nominated for five Emmy Awards, is the recipient of one Golden Globe Award, and was presented with the Producer's Guild of America Visionary Award in 2007.

Ehrlich was invited to the February 11, 2014 White House State Dinner.[22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Ehrlich lives in Westlake Village, California with his wife Harriet.[25]


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