Walter C. Miller, the Emmy Award-winning former director/executive producer of the Tonys, Grammys and CMA Awards, died on Nov. 13, the CMA revealed on Saturday (Nov. 14). He was 94.
“Walter was clearly the most unforgettable character I’ve ever met in a working capacity, and one of my closest friends outside the business," said former Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. " When we were first put together in 1980 by Pierre Cossette to do the Grammys together, after one meeting with Walter, I had doubts that we could ever work together, but as the years went by, I not only grew to respect his abilities which were considerable, but to love him as a mentor, a co-conspirator and a friend. People who have known the both of us over the years see the connection and, by the way, it’s not always pretty. But through it all, whether he had his arms around me or his hands around my neck, we had one of the most wonderful, and obviously successful, partnerships over more than 30 years. He left an indelible mark on pretty much everyone he work with, and, as they say, 'they just don’t make them like Walter anymore.’"
Miller also worked for the CMAs for four decades in various producing capacities. "Walter was an absolute television legend," said Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. "When you worked with him, you instantly knew you were in the presence of greatness. He brought so much innovation and brilliance to the CMA Awards over the 40 years he worked with the organization."