Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Brillstein Entertainment Partners (formerly known as Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and Brillstein-Grey Communications) is a talent management firm and television production company formed by the 1991 addition of Brad Grey to The Brillstein Company, founded by Bernie Brillstein in 1969.
|Industry||Talent and Literary Agencies|
|Founded||Los Angeles, California, U.S. (1991)|
|Founders||Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey|
|Headquarters||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
The Brillstein Company
Bernie Brillstein formed The Brillstein Company in 1969, where he continued to manage stars and develop television programming, a career he began in the fabled mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He produced such popular television hits as Hee Haw, The Muppet Show, and Saturday Night Live.
Brillstein managed Saturday Night Live cast members Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and Lorne Michaels, as well as Jim Henson (of The Muppets fame) and Paul Fusco (voice and operator of ALF). Productions for television included ALF: The Animated Series and Normal Life.
The company became Brillstein Entertainment Partners when Brad Grey left the company to become the head of Paramount Pictures. It is now headed by Jonathan Liebman, Marc Gurvitz, and Cynthia Pett.
In 1984, Brillstein met Brad Grey at a television convention in San Francisco. In 1986, the two formed a production company, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, which packaged programming and managed talent.
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- Eva Longoria
- Amy Adams
- Courteney Cox
- Kaley Cuoco
- Forest Whitaker
- Vin Diesel
- Jim Gaffigan
- Brendan Fraser
- Zach Galifianakis
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Charlie Hunnam
- Jim Jefferies
- Sheryl Lee
- Catherine O'Hara
- Chloe Lukasiak
- Rob Lowe
- Norm Macdonald
- Bill Maher
- Rami Malek
- Nate Berkus
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Timothy Olyphant
- Anna Paquin
- Brad Pitt
- Adam Sandler
- Chloë Sevigny
- Jason Sudeikis
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson
- Elizabeth Olsen
Brillstein sold his shares in the company to Universal Pictures in 1996, giving Grey, his one time protégé, full rein over operations. In 1999, Universal sold Brillstein's shares to Grey, and the company's television unit was subsequently rechristened Brad Grey Television as a result. Grey sold his interest in the company in 2005 due to his succeeding Sherry Lansing as Chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, which created a conflict of interest. Briefly, it became Basic Entertainment, before reverting to its original name in 2000.
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