Mary Ellen Cataneo R.I.P.

Mary Ellen Cataneo December 4, 1954 – October 2, 2019



Michael Hepworth

HOLLYWOOD (Perfect Music Today) 10/3/19/–Music industry veteran Mary Ellen Cataneo has passed away, it was revealed today by her family.  She had served as Senior Vice President at Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and left the company in 1995 to raise her two young sons.   She came to that post from Columbia Records where she was Vice President, national press and public information.  At the label she worked closely with the label’s roster of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Harry Connick, Jr., Ray Davies/The Kinks, Branford Marsalis and others. 

She joined Columbia in 1984 after an administrative stint at Musician Magazine.  Her first job, after attending NYU, was at a Manhattan restaurant where Jerry Seinfeld was her co-worker and introduced her to the entertainment business at a very macro level.  

She is survived to her sons, James McEwen and  Christopher McEwen, a film producer and her former husband, music industry executive Joe McEwen.  In August, amidst a struggle with fast-moving cancer from which she succumbed, she was able to attend the wedding of her son Christopher to Natalie Beach – a joyous and celebratory occasion.   




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