Susan Brownstein, Talent Clearance Supervisor, Dies

Veteran worked on such shows as the Academy Awards, “ER” and “Lost.”

Susan Brownstein, a veteran talent clearance supervisor, died Sept. 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness. She was 64. 

A talent clearance supervisor secures permission from people that appear in a retrospective or awards show.

Brownstein’s credits include the Academy Awards and specials for Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy for ABC; Heroes and the ER series finale for NBC; and Grammy’s Greatest Moments and DVD bonus material for The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Dick Van Dyke Show for CBS.

She also worked on the Disney documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009).

Brownstein began her career in 1975 as an NBC page and worked as a personal assistant to Cher, Barry Manilow, Carrie Fisher, Tatum O’Neal, Jerry Belson and the rock band Blue Cheer.

She is survived by her husband Paul, executive producer of PBS’ My Music specials, and her son Aaron, who works on the production staff of NBC’s Parenthood.

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