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