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Bradley Mitchell Silberling (born September 8, 1963) is an American television and film director known for directing feature films such as Casper (1995), City of Angels (1998), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Land of the Lost (2009).

Brad Silberling
Bradley Mitchell Silberling

(1963-09-08) September 8, 1963 (age 55)
Washington D.C., United States
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1984)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1987–present
Amy Brenneman (m. 1995)


Early life and educationEdit

Silberling was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Joyce Anne (Tucker), a travel consultant, and Robert Murray Silberling, who was Vice President of CBS Entertainment Productions.[1] His father was born Jewish and his mother converted to Judaism.[2] Silberling attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.A. in 1984.[3] He later studied film directing at the UCLA Film School.


Silberling began his entertainment industry career before completing his studies. In 1986, he became a Production Assistant for a children's program. He then began to direct television and film. Silberling's 2002 film, Moonlight Mile, is loosely based on his bereavement following the murder of his girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, in 1989. In 2006, Silberling's movie 10 Items or Less was the first movie made legally available for download during its theatrical run. This became possible through ClickStar and Silberling's close relationship with its owners Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

Silberling was approached by Warner Bros. as one of the candidates to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1998. Although he began to enthusiastically plan the film in his mind and was ready to sign on to direct it, Chris Columbus was ultimately chosen as the director.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Silberling previously dated Rebecca Schaeffer, whom he met at UCLA film school, until the time of her murder in 1989.[5] He is currently married to the actress Amy Brenneman, whom he met on the set of NYPD Blue and with whom he has two children, Charlotte and Bodhi.[6] In 2000, the couple purchased a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts prior to moving to West Tisbury, Massachusetts in 2011.[6]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1995 Casper Yes
1998 City of Angels Yes
2002 Moonlight Mile Yes Yes Yes
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Yes
2006 10 Items or Less Yes Yes Yes
2009 Land of the Lost Yes Yes Executive producer
2017 An Ordinary Man Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Director Producer Notes
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Yes Episode: "Driving Under the Influence"
1990–1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Yes Episodes: "Car Wars"
"The Doctor, the Wife, her Son and the Job"
1990 Cop Rock Yes Episode: "Potts Don't Fail Me Now"
1991–1992 Brooklyn Bridge Yes Episodes: "Boys of Summer"
"Great Expectations"
"A Tale of Two Boroughs"
1992 Great Scott! Yes Yes Supervising Producer
Civil Wars Yes Episode: "Shop 'Til You Drop"
L.A. Law Yes Episode: "I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz"
1993, 1996 NYPD Blue Yes Episodes: "Personal Foul"
"Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"
"Thick Stu"
1994 The Byrds of Paradise Yes Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Felicity Yes Episode: "Hot Objects"
2001 Judging Amy Yes Episode: "One for the Road"
2011 Hail Mary Yes Yes TV movie,
Executive Producer
2013–2017 Reign Yes Yes Executive Producer
2014–present Jane the Virgin Yes Yes
2015 Down Dog Yes Yes TV movie,
Executive Producer
2016 Heartbeat Yes Executive Producer
2016–2017 No Tomorrow Yes Yes
2017–present Dynasty Yes Yes
2018–present Charmed Yes Yes


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  3. ^ "Brad Silberling". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Warner Bros. Picks Columbus to Direct First Harry Potter". Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Ojumu, Akin (February 15, 2003). "The family that grieves together..." Guardian US. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Hamacek, Heather (July 16, 2015). "Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers". Vineyard Gazette. Edgartown, Massachusetts. Retrieved March 11, 2016.

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