Lew Grade, Baron Grade (1906-1998), Theatrical agent, television executive and film producer
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Born in the Ukraine, the impresario and television executive Grade came to London as a child. Educated at Rochelle Street School, Grade changed his name from Winogradsky and, with his brother, set up a vaudeville and theatrical agency. They were among the first to grasp the significance of television to the entertainment industry. Grade commissioned such feature films as The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) and Raise the Titanic (1980). He became President of ATV Network Ltd (1977-82), and was Director of the Supervisory Board of EuroDisney from 1988 and Vice-President of the British Olympic Association. He was knighted in 1969 and made a life peer in 1976. His autobiography Still Dancing appeared in 1987.