Win­ston’s Grammy gig was his ‘big­gest yet’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BYTOMTUGEND

FOR LON­DONER Ben Win­ston, be­ing asked to serve as a co-pro­ducer of the 2017 Grammy Award show was “the big­gest thing I’ve ever been in­volved in.

“Just think, I had the best seat in the house dur­ing re­hearsals for 23 mu­si­cal per­for­mances by some of the great­est tal­ent in the world,” he told the JC.

Mr Win­ston, 35, is the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the Late Late Show with James Cor­den on CBS.

When Mr Cor­den was asked by Grammy ex­ec­u­tives to join the award show, they also asked Mr Win­ston to come aboard as co-pro­ducer.

His fel­low co-pro­duc­ers and writ­ers were Ben Ehrlich and David Wild, “so we had three Jewish boys right there”, Mr Win­ston said.

Be­ing Jewish in the Hol­ly­wood en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is some­what taken for granted, al­though be­ing an ob­ser­vant Ortho­dox

Jew — as is Mr Win­ston — is rather less com­mon.

How­ever, h e is ad­just­ing well and re­cently joined the West­wood Vil­lage Syn­a­gogue in Los An­ge­les, led by Rabbi Ab­ner Weiss, for­merly se­nior rabbi of the Western Mar­ble Arch Syn­a­gogue in Lon­don.

Mr Win­ston, the son of ac­claimed sci­en­tist Lord Win­ston, ex­pects to be in­volved in the Grammy Award shows for the next few years, but said that he will even­tu­ally re­turn to Lon­don and set­tle among his fam­ily and friends. Mean­while, Aubrey Drake Graham, bet­ter known as Drake, picked up two Grammy awards for his song Hot­line Bling. The world-fa­mous Jewish rap­per, who is on tour in the UK, was recog­nised for Best Rap/Sung Per­for­mance and Best Rap Song.

“Best seat in house” — Ben Win­ston

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