Normally, I don’t do music. (As I often say, I have enough trouble dealing with the scoundrels in Hollywood that I can’t possible take on the crooks in the recording biz as well.) That said, I was leaked the following memo which may be of interest to many of you, especially after the recent death of Pierre Cossette. (I’ve edited out some IDs):
From: Tisha Fein
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: (no subject)
Here is the letter that went out. The responses have been amazing. Basically saying no one can imagine the Grammys without me:
I am writing to all of you to let you know that Ken Ehrlich informed me that after 30 years in my position as Talent & Coordinating Producer of The Grammy Awards, he wants to make a change and has personal issues working with me. He said it has nothing whatsoever to do with the “quality of my work”on the show. It is totally his decision, but told me he’s gone to Neil Portnow and Jack Sussman to enlist their support.
I have treasured working with all of you and have given my “heart and soul” to the artists appearing on the Grammys. I fought hard to keep a level playing field and give as many artists a chance as I was allowed…
Ken also told me the other reason he wanted me gone, is that he feels I take the artists side over Production. I do care deeply about how artists are treated, and also feel I also know what is best for the show, am collaborative with Production and try to strike a fair balance. I always strive to make the Grammys a great and rewarding experience for everyone who participates: Artists, Labels, Managers, Agents, and Publicists, bands and crew. All have an important role in the success of the show, and that should be acknowledged and often isn’t.
I honestly feel I am the best for the job and have earned all of your love and respect over the many years I have done the Grammys,
I have treasured working with all of you and look forward to doing so on all my upcoming shows.
Love & Appreciation,
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