Brian Levine (born November 22, 1963), known professionally as Brian Robbins, is an American actor, director, producer, and occasional screenwriter. He often collaborates with producer Michael Tollin.
November 22, 1963
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, television director, television producer, occasional screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Cathcart (?-2013), Tracy James (?-present)|
Robbins followed his dad Floyd Levine, a prolific character actor, into acting. He made his television acting debut on an episode of Trapper John, M.D. He would go on guest star on a number and television series and a recurring role on General Hospital. As an actor, he is perhaps best known from his role as Eric Mardian on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. He also hosted the children's version of the TV game show Pictionary in 1989.
In the 1990s, he started producing All That and its spin-offs on Nickelodeon. He has produced several sports films including Coach Carter and Hardball (2001). He produced Smallville and also produced One Tree Hill.
Robbins is the founder of AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel aimed at teenagers, which has spun off into a TV series, of which Robbins is the executive producer. DreamWorks Animation acquired the company in 2013. On February 22, 2017, following NBCUniversal/Comcast's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Brian Robbins stepped down as AwesomenessTV's CEO, thus ending his five-year run with the company.
On June 7, 2017, Brian Robbins became the president of Paramount Players, a newly formed division of Paramount Pictures. Robbins will work with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET brands to generate projects while also focusing on "contemporary properties."
On October 1, 2018, Brian Robbins left his position as the president of Paramount Players after Viacom tapped him to be the president of Nickelodeon, ending his 16–month run at the studio. Despite leaving the studio, he will remain involved with Paramount Players' Nickelodeon films (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and the live-action Rugrats film).
Robbins is Jewish. He was married to publicist Laura Cathcart, with whom he has two sons, Miles and Justin. They divorced in 2013. Robbins went on to marry his ex-wife's friend, Tracy James. They have a daughter together.
Film directing creditsEdit
|Film||Year||Budget||Domestic gross||Worldwide gross||Rotten Tomatoes rating|
|Good Burger||1997||$9 million||$23,712,993||$23,712,993||31%|
|Varsity Blues||1999||$16 million||$52,894,169||$54,294,169||40%|
|Ready to Rumble||2000||$24 million||$12,394,327||$12,452,362||25%|
|The Perfect Score||2004||$40 million||$10,391,003||$10,876,805||17%|
|The Shaggy Dog||2006||$50 million||$61,123,569||$87,134,280||27%|
|Meet Dave||2008||$60 million||$11,803,254||$58,650,079||19%|
|A Thousand Words||2012||$40 million||$18,450,127||$20,558,836||0%|
Producer / Executive producerEdit
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1993||Heartland Film Festival||Won||Crystal Heart Award||Hardwood Dreams (Shared with Mike Tollin)|
|1995||Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Informational Special||Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Shared with Debra Martin Chase, Fredric Golding, Dorian Harewood, David Houle, Tom McMahon, Pat Mitchell, Jack Myers, Vivian Schiller, Mike Tollin, Denzel Washington)|
|1996||CableACE Award||Won||Children's Special - 7 and Older||Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (Shared with Leonard Armato, Bruce Binkow, Robert Mickelson, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tollin, For the special "4 Points")|
|1997||Directors Guild of America Award||Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs||Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (For the special "4 Points")|
|1998||Won||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs||Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (Shared with W. Alexander Ellis, Cynthia Riddle, Brad Uecker: for episode "First Time")|
|2005||Black Movie Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Motion Picture||Coach Carter (Shared with David Gale, Mike Tollin)|
|2008||Golden Raspberry Award||Nominated||Worst Director||Norbit|
- "Brian Robbins". Turner Classic Movies.
- Koch, Neal (1 December 2002). "Business; Stepping Up in TV, Without Stepping on Toes". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- Knutzen, Eirik (4 October 1987). "Rebel jumps to 'Head of the Class'". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- Chmielewski, Dawn C. YouTube channel AwesomenessTV attracts outside funding. Los Angeles Times (August 7, 2012).
- Lieberman, David. DreamWorks Animation Agrees To Pay $33M+ For AwesomenessTV. Deadline Hollywood (May 1, 2013).
- Brian Robbins and AwesomenessTV. The Hollywood Reporter. February 22, 2017 by Natalie Jarvey.
- Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 1, 2018). "Viacom Names Brian Robbins President of Nickelodeon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
- Nicewonger, Kirk (30 July 1988). "Busy, busy time for Brian Robbins". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Meet Dave, Elizabeth Banks, and Jean Sarkozky". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
- The Show at Box Office Mojo
- The Show at Rotten Tomatoes
- Good Burger at Box Office Mojo
- Good Burger at Rotten Tomatoes
- Varsity Blues at Box Office Mojo
- Varsity Blues at Rotten Tomatoes
- Ready to Rumble at Box Office Mojo
- Ready to Rumble at Rotten Tomatoes
- Hardball at Box Office Mojo
- Hardball at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Perfect Score at Box Office Mojo
- The Perfect Score at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Shaggy Dog at Box Office Mojo
- The Shaggy Dog at Rotten Tomatoes
- Norbit at Box Office Mojo
- Norbit at Rotten Tomatoes
- Meet Dave at Box Office Mojo
- Meet Dave at Rotten Tomatoes
- A Thousand Words at Box Office Mojo
- A Thousand Words at Rotten Tomatoes
- Michael Lessac (director) (2014). Taxi: Die Finale Season [The Final Season] (DVD) (in German and English). Germany: Paramount Home Media Distribution / Paramount Home Entertainment (Germany).