Brillstein, Bernie 1931–

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Brillstein, Bernie 1931–


Born April 26, 1931, in New York, NY; son of Moe and Tillie Brillstein; married second wife, Deborah Ellen Koskoff, 1975 (marriage ended); married Carrie Winston, December 20, 1998; children: (second marriage) Leigh (a talent agent), David Koskoff, Nick Koskoff; (other) Michael, Kate. Education: New York University, B.S.

Addresses: Office—Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Producer and executive. William Morris Agency, New York City, began working in mail room, became talent representative, between 1955 and 1964; Management III, New York City, talent representative, 1964–69; Brillstein Co., Los Angeles, founder, owner, producer, and packager, beginning 1969; Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA, cofounder and cochair, 1991–95, founding partner, c. 1995–. Lorimar Film Entertainment, chair and chief executive officer; Member of Brentwood City Council and Los Angeles Free Clinic. Military service: U.S. Army, 1953–55.

Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Friars Club.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding comedy series, 1983 and 1984, both for Buffalo Bill; CableACE Awards (with others), outstanding comedy series, annually 1992–96, for The Larry Sanders Show; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding informational special, 1996, for The Celluloid Closet; Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding variety, music, or comedy series, annually, 1997–2002, for Politically Incorrect; Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding talk show, 2000, for The Martin Short Show; Career Achievement Award, Casting Society of America, 2001; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2001; Daytime Emmy Award (with others), 2003, and Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with others), 2004, both outstanding talk show, for The Wayne Brady Show.


Television Executive Producer; Series:

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, ABC, 1973.

Open All Night, ABC, 1981–82.

Buffalo Bill, NBC, 1983–84.

It's Gary Shandling's Show, Showtime, 1986.

ALF, NBC, 1986–90.

The "Slap" Maxwell Story, ABC, 1987.

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC, 1987–88.

ALF: The Animated Series (animated; "prequel" to ALF), 1987–89.

The Boys, 1989.

Normal Life, 1990.

Good Sports, 1991.

Spacecats. 1991.

The Larry Sanders Show, beginning 1992.

The Jeff Foxworthy Show, 1995–97.

The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), 1995–98.

NewsRadio (also known as The Station), 1995–99.

Mr. Show with Bob and David, 1995.

The Dana Carvey Show (also known as The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show and The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show), 1996.

The Steve Harvey Show, 1996–2002.

Politically Incorrect, ABC, 1997–98, 2000–2001.

Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 1997–2003.

The Martin Short Show, 1999–2000.

Primetime Glick, Comedy Central, beginning 2001.

The Wayne Brady Show, ABC, beginning 2001, then syndicated.

The Lyon's Den, NBC, 2003.

Comedy Inc., CTV, 2003.

Heist, NBC, 2006.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

The Muppets Valentine Show, 1974.

Show Business, ABC, 1981.

It's Garry Shandling's Show-25th Anniversary Special, Showtime, 1985.

(And director) The Wickedest Witch, 1989.

Don't Try This at Home! (also known as Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home), 1990.

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show, CBS, five specials, 1990.

Sunday Night with Larry King, NBC, 1990.

Rock the House, NBC, 1990.

Dennis Miller: Black & White, HBO, 1990.

A Very Retail Christmas, NBC, 1990.

To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors from the White House, ABC, 1990.

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles, ABC, 1992.

Carol Burnett: The Special Years, CBS, 1994.

Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness (also known as The Best of Mr. Show: Fantastic Newness and Fantastic Newness), 1996.

Politically Correct's Greatest Hits with Bill Maher, ABC, 1997.

Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report (also known as The Best of Mr. Show: The Incredible, Fantastical News Report), 1998.

Politically Incorrect After Party Presented by Pepsi, ABC, 1999.

The Politically Incorrect After Party, ABC, 2000.

Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher After Party, ABC, 2001.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, ABC, 1972.

Buckshot, ABC, 1980.

Sitcom, HBO, 1983.

Jump!, NBC, 1985.

Big Shots in America, NBC, 1985.

The Faculty, ABC, 1986.

Puppetman, CBS, 1987.

The Boys, 1989.

Funny You Should Ask, CBS, 1990.

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special, Fox, 1992.

Bodyguards, ABC, 1995.

Next!, Fox, 2002.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

For Hope, 1996.

The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon, 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask, Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money, Showtime, 1999.

Assignment E! with Leeza Gibbons: The Thinning of Hollywood, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

The Famous Wally Amos: The Cookie King, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Brilliant but Cancelled, Trio, 2002.

TV's Most Censored Moments, USA Network and Trio, 2002.

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny!, Trio, 2003.

Brilliant but Cancelled: Pilot Season, Trio, 2003.

101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost and Found, NBC, 2005.

Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Himself, "All Happy Families," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2004.

Good Day Live, syndicated, 2004.

Film Executive Producer:

The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980.

Up the Academy (also known as The Brave Young Men of Weinberg, Mad Magazine Presents "Up the Academy," and Mad Magazine's "Up the Academy"), Warner Bros., 1980.

Continental Divide, Universal, 1981.

Neighbors, Columbia, 1981.

Doctor Detroit, Universal, 1983.

Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984.

Spies Like Us, Warner Bros., 1985.

Summer Rental, Paramount, 1985.

Armed and Dangerous, Columbia, 1986.

Dragnet, Universal, 1987.

Ghostbusters II, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1989.

Hexed (also known as All Shook Up), Sony Pictures Releasing, 1993.

The Celluloid Closet (also known as Gefangen in der Traumfabrik), 1995.

Happy Gilmore, Universal, 1996.

The Cable Guy, Columbia, 1996.

Bulletproof, Universal, 1996.

What Planet Are You From?, Columbia, 2000.

Run Ronnie Run, New Line Cinema, 2002.

The Pity Card (short film), 2006.

Film Producer:

The Replacement Killers, Columbia, 1998.

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2005.

Stage Producer:

(With others) Bunny Bunny, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1997.



(With David Rensin) Where Did I Go Right? You're No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead, Little, Brown and Co., 1999.



Broadcasting & Cable, October 16, 1995, p. 76.

Esquire, November, 1999, p. 40.

Fortune, October 18, 2004, p. 56.

Los Angeles, November, 1999, p. 84.

Los Angeles Times, November 21, 1992, p. D1.

New York Times, October 14, 1988, p. 23; February 20, 1994, p. F8.

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