WME’s Peter Grosslight Passes

Peter Grosslight, 68, board member and global head of music for WME, passed away Aug. 21 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Grosslight worked at WME for more than 20 years. He founded Regency Artists in 1974, which later became Triad Artists, and joined William Morris when Triad was acquired in 1992. In 2007, he expanded the agency’s music operations to London.

His clients included Eagles, Whitney Houston, JourneyLuis MiguelTom Petty and Carly Simon. Grosslight was also behind numerous broadcast network specials, inclouding those starring Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, Steve Winwood and Bruce Willis.

He oversaw the U.S. Rights to overseas specials for the Prince’s Trust Concerts and the Nelson Mandela birthday show.

He also led the investment in Lollapalooza.

WME’s Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell said in a joint statement, “Peter was a true gentleman, whose generosity and unique sense of humor will be deeply missed. He was a pioneer in our industry and represented some of the greatest performers of our time. In addition to being a tremendous agent, he served as a valuable mentor to many of us. It was a privilege to work with him.”

After being diagnosed with cancer, Grosslight organized A Night At The Forum in January.

The charity event raised nearly $13 million benefiting the Lustgarten Foundation. The event featured Eagles, Joan BaezJD & The Straight Shot and comments from Nobel Prize Winner Dr. James Watson.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks donations be made in his memory to the Lustgarten Foundation. He was an avid outdoorsman and a great golfer.