Brian Grant (director)

Brian Grant

Brian Grant is a noted British music video and television director and producer. In 1982 he co-founded MGMM Productions with Scott Millaney, Russell Mulcahy, and David Mallet. MGMM became the most successful UK production company of the 80's.[1] He started his career as a cameraman and went to become a noted music video director, he also shot many movies and television series.[2] He is famous for directing episodes of British television series including As If, Hex, Doctor Who, Party Animals, Sinchronicity, Britannia High, Highlander, Queen of Swords, Clocking Off, New Tricks, Sinbad, The Worst Witch, Our Girl (2018 TV series). He is BAFTA and Emmy nominated. He has also directed many commercials and notable music videos through the 1980s for Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Kim Wilde, Whitney Houston, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran.[3][4][5]

His video for Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", won the first Video Grammy ever awarded, 25th Annual Grammy Award for Best Video of the Year.[6] He is also known for his work on the 1983 Donna Summer video "She Works Hard For The Money", the video would be nominated for Five MTV awards, and Donna Summer became the first Afro American Female Artist to get played in high rotation, at the then fledgling MTV station. The video remains a tribute to women around the world. He was also hired to direct her 1983 HBO concert "A Hot Summers Night...", after that he was in high demand as music video director.[7][8] He also shot two of singer Whitney Houston's videos, "How Will I Know" (1985) and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (1987).[4]

TV & FilmographyEdit

Notable music videos (Out of 225)Edit

Grant also directed the original "Scarlett" version of the video for Stevie Nicks' s 1983 song "Stand Back", but Nicks nixed that version, saying she didn't like the way she looked in the video, and reshot it.


  1. ^ Rob Tannenbaum; Craig Marks (2011). I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Penguin Group US. p. 1974. ISBN 978-1-101-52641-5.
  2. ^ Jerry Roberts (5 June 2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. pp. 209–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6378-1.
  3. ^ Brian Grant on IMDb
  4. ^ a b Mark Savage (12 February 2012). "Whitney Houston was very shy, says director Brian Grant". BBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ "How Michael Jackson's Thriller changed music videos for ever". The Guardian. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  6. ^ "Past Winners: 1882: 25th Annual Grammy Awards". Retrieved 2014-02-15.
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  8. ^ Brain Grant:On Directing (Donna Summer) A Diva/Interview-David St.Marks/issue=February 2013/
  9. ^ Golden Age of Music Video - M’s “Pop Muzik” and the Cheapo White Background Music Video

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