Cort Casady

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McAllen, Texas
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materHarvard University
  • Television writer
  • Producer
  • Author

Cort Casady is an American television writer-producer and author.

Casady has won two Emmy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards. He won a New York Emmy in 1992 for “New York at Night Starring Clint Holmes,” a daily, live, prime time variety-talk series he created for Superstation WWOR New York. [1]

He won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2014 for the "41st American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks." [2]

A live broadcast producer, Casady has won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Variety Series or Special for "An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder" (2007) [3], "An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson" (2009) [4], and "An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie" (2011). [5]

Since 2013, Casady has served as supervising producer of AFI’s Life Achievement Award tributes to prominent American actors and filmmakers. Casady's film credits include creating the story and characters for the The Gambler (film series) "Kenny Rogers as The Gambler".

Casady is the co-author of two books: "The Singing Entertainer: A Contemporary Study of the Art and Business of Being a Professional" (with John Davidson, Alfred Publishing, 1979) [6] and "You Oughta Be Me: How to Be a Lounge Singer and Live Like One by Bud E. Luv as told to Cort Casady and Ned Claflin" (with Ned Claflin, St. Martin's Griffin, 1993) [7] Casady is the sole author of a memoir, "Not Your Father's America: An Adventure Raising Triplets in a Country Being Changed by Greed" to be published in 2022.

Cort is also the co-author with Mary Miller of the musical play, "King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story" which had its world premiere at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA in 2017. [8]

Born in McAllen, Texas and raised in El Cajon, California, Casady earned a B.A. degree cum laude in Government from Harvard University. Cort began his career in artist management working with The Smothers Brothers, Mason Williams, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Jennifer Warnes, and John Stewart. He is married to interior designer Barbara Kellard Casady. Barbara and Cort Casady are the parents of triplet sons, Braden, Carter, and Jackson.


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