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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.[2]

Brian Robbins
Brian Levine

(1963-11-22) November 22, 1963 (age 55)
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, television director, television producer, occasional screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Laura Cathcart (?-2013), Tracy James (?-present)[1]


Robbins followed his dad Floyd Levine, a prolific character actor, into acting.[2] He made his television acting debut on an episode of Trapper John, M.D.[3] He would go on guest star on a number and television series and a recurring role on General Hospital.[3] As an actor, he is perhaps best known from his role as Eric Mardian on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4] DreamWorks Animation acquired the company in 2013.[5] 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.[6]

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."[7]

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).[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Robbins was born Brian Levine in Brooklyn, New York[2] on November 22, 1963. When Robbins was 16, his family moved to Los Angeles.[9] He graduated from Grant High School in 1982.[3]

Robbins is Jewish.[10] 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
The Show 1995 N/A $2,702,578 $2,702,578[11] 80%[12]
Good Burger 1997 $9 million $23,712,993 $23,712,993[13] 31%[14]
Varsity Blues 1999 $16 million $52,894,169 $54,294,169[15] 40%[16]
Ready to Rumble 2000 $24 million $12,394,327 $12,452,362[17] 25%[18]
Hardball 2001 $32 million $40,222,729 $44,102,389[19] 38%[20]
The Perfect Score 2004 $40 million $10,391,003 $10,876,805[21] 17%[22]
The Shaggy Dog 2006 $50 million $61,123,569 $87,134,280[23] 27%[24]
Norbit 2007 $60 million $95,673,607 $159,313,561[25] 9%[26]
Meet Dave 2008 $60 million $11,803,254 $58,650,079[27] 19%[28]
A Thousand Words 2012 $40 million $18,450,127 $20,558,836[29] 0%[30]

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


  1. ^ "Brian Robbins". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ a b c d Koch, Neal (1 December 2002). "Business; Stepping Up in TV, Without Stepping on Toes". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Knutzen, Eirik (4 October 1987). "Rebel jumps to 'Head of the Class'". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. YouTube channel AwesomenessTV attracts outside funding. Los Angeles Times (August 7, 2012).
  5. ^ Lieberman, David. DreamWorks Animation Agrees To Pay $33M+ For AwesomenessTV. Deadline Hollywood (May 1, 2013).
  6. ^ Brian Robbins and AwesomenessTV. The Hollywood Reporter. February 22, 2017 by Natalie Jarvey.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 1, 2018). "Viacom Names Brian Robbins President of Nickelodeon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Nicewonger, Kirk (30 July 1988). "Busy, busy time for Brian Robbins". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Meet Dave, Elizabeth Banks, and Jean Sarkozky". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  11. ^ The Show at Box Office Mojo
  12. ^ The Show at Rotten Tomatoes
  13. ^ Good Burger at Box Office Mojo
  14. ^ Good Burger at Rotten Tomatoes
  15. ^ Varsity Blues at Box Office Mojo
  16. ^ Varsity Blues at Rotten Tomatoes
  17. ^ Ready to Rumble at Box Office Mojo
  18. ^ Ready to Rumble at Rotten Tomatoes
  19. ^ Hardball at Box Office Mojo
  20. ^ Hardball at Rotten Tomatoes
  21. ^ The Perfect Score at Box Office Mojo
  22. ^ The Perfect Score at Rotten Tomatoes
  23. ^ The Shaggy Dog at Box Office Mojo
  24. ^ The Shaggy Dog at Rotten Tomatoes
  25. ^ Norbit at Box Office Mojo
  26. ^ Norbit at Rotten Tomatoes
  27. ^ Meet Dave at Box Office Mojo
  28. ^ Meet Dave at Rotten Tomatoes
  29. ^ A Thousand Words at Box Office Mojo
  30. ^ A Thousand Words at Rotten Tomatoes
  31. ^ 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).

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Preceded by
Cyma Zarghami
Nickelodeon president
Succeeded by