Brian Grant (director)
Brian Grant is a noted British music video and television director and producer, he co-founded MGMM Productions with Scott Millaney, Russel Mulcahy, and David Mallet He started his career as a cameraman and went to become a noted music video director, he also shot many movies and television series. 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. He has also directed many commercials and notable music videos through the 1980s for Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Tina Turner and Duran Duran.
His video for Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", won the 25th Annual Grammy Award for Best Video of the Year. He is best known for his work on the 1983 Donna Summer video "She Works Hard For The Money", the video would be nominated for 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. 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).
- Day of Reckoning (1994)
- The Immortals (1995)
Notable music videos
- M - "Pop Muzik" (1979)
- Sparks - "Beat the Clock" (1979)
- Queen – "Play the Game" (1980)
- The Human League - "Open Your Heart" (1981)
- Kim Wilde - "Kids In America" (1981)
- Olivia Newton-John - "Physical" (1981)
- Peter Gabriel - "Shock the Monkey" (1982)
- Queen – "Back Chat" (1982)
- Queen – "Calling All Girls" (1982)
- XTC - "Senses Working Overtime" (1982)
- The Fixx - "Saved By Zero" (1983)
- Bee Gees - "The Woman in You" (1983)
- Donna Summer - "She Works Hard for the Money" (1983)
- Duran Duran - "New Moon on Monday" (1984)
- Meat Loaf - "Modern Girl (song)" (1984)
- Whitney Houston - "How Will I Know" (1985), "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (1987)
- Tina Turner - "Private Dancer" (1985)
- Aretha Franklin - "Freeway of Love" (1985)
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.
- 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.
- Jerry Roberts (5 June 2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. pp. 209–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6378-1.
- Brian Grant at the Internet Movie Database
- Mark Savage (12 February 2012). "Whitney Houston was very shy, says director Brian Grant". BBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- "How Michael Jackson's Thriller changed music videos for ever". The Guardian. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Past Winners: 1882: 25th Annual Grammy Awards". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- Brain Grant:On Directing (Donna Summer) A Diva/Interview-David St.Marks/issue=February 2013/Daeida.com
- Golden Age of Music Video - M’s “Pop Muzik” and the Cheapo White Background Music Video