Ken Ehrlich, Neil Portnow & Jack Sussman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 56

Ken Ehrlich, Neil Portnow & Jack Sussman

Ehrlich: 72, Founder, AEG Ehrlich Ventures

 

Portnow: 66,  President/CEO, The Recording Academy

 

Sussman: 58, Executive vp specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment


Last year's rank: 61

The Grammy Awards pulled in 28.5 million viewers in 2014, making it the second-most-watched edition in 21 years. The telecast binds together Ehrlich, Portnow and Sussman, whose power in music reaches far beyond a single night. Sussman secures music talent for all CBS specials and primetime series, from the Academy of Country Music Awards to Brad Paisley guesting on two series. Ehrlich, in his 35th year booking and producing the Grammys, also executive-produced the CBS tribute to The Beatles in 2014 and will do the same for Stevie Wonder in 2015. And Portnow runs The Recording Academy. "We have a winning formula together," says Portnow. 

ON MY DVR: "Nothing. It's Grammy season -- no time to spare." -- Portnow

HARDEST BUSINESS LESSON LEARNED: "Humility, though I still haven't learned it." -- Ehrlich