Brian Koppelman

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Brian Koppelman
Born 1966 (age 47–48)
Roslyn Harbor, New York
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Screenwriter
Film Director
Film producer
Record producer
Religion None
Spouse(s) Amy Levine
Children 2[1]
Parents Brenda "Bunny" Koppelman
Charles Koppelman

Brian William Koppelman is a American filmmaker, essayist, podcaster, and former music business executive and record producer. Koppelman is the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, the producer for films including The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones, and the director for films including Solitary Man and the documentary This Is What They Want for ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series.[2][3][4]


Early life and education[edit]

Koppelman was born in 1967 in Roslyn Harbor[5] to a Jewish family, the son of Brenda "Bunny" and Charles Koppelman.[6][7] His father was a producer and media executive. Koppelman holds degrees from Tufts University and Fordham University.[8][9]

Career[edit]

He first started managing local Long Island bands as a teenager.[10] He would also book bands at a local nightclub. Through booking acts, he came into contact with Eddie Murphy and helped arrange Murphy’s first record deal.[10] As a student at Tufts University, he discovered singer songwriter Tracy Chapman and executive-produced her first album.[10] He was later brought to Giant Records by president Irving Azoff.[11][12] During his career, Koppelman was an A&R representative for such music labels as Elektra Records, Giant Records, SBK Records and EMI Records.[12]

Film[edit]

In 1997, Koppelman wrote the original screenplay for Rounders with his writing partner, David Levien. Koppelman has described his approach to writing as a team as having only one rule: no video games in the office.[4] In 2001, Koppelman wrote, produced, and directed his first film, Knockaround Guys, which film critic Roger Ebert gave 3 out of 5 stars.[13] Since then, Koppelman has worked on a dozen films including having written Ocean’s Thirteen and directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, This Is What They Want.[4]

In 2009, Koppelman co-directed Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas. The film was included in both AO Scott's New York Times "Year End Best" list, Roger Ebert's "Year End Best" list, and holds a "Fresh" rating of 81% at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[14]

Other writings and podcasts[edit]

Since 2011, Koppelman has been a contributor and essayist at Grantland.com, a website dedicated to sports and pop culture.[15] Additionally, since March 2014, Koppelman has hosted a weekly podcast, The Moment, on ESPN Radio.[16] In October, 2013, Koppelman received significant media attention for releasing a series of videos on the platform Vine in which he gives screenwriting advice in 6 seconds or less called "Six Second Screenwriting Lessons".[17] His Screenwriting, in Six Seconds or Less Vine from July 31, 2014 generated over 15 million loops in less than 9 days.[18]

Future Projects[edit]

In 2014, Koppelman is currently writing with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and writing partner David Levien on a Showtime drama called Billions.[19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2013, Tufts University awarded Koppelman their P.T. Barnum Award for success in Media/Arts.[20] In 2014, Koppelman won and Emmy Award for his 30 for 30 documentary.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Koppelman married novelist Amy Levine at the Central Synagogue in Manhattan.[22] His sister is Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, who hosts a Sirius Satellite Radio show called Just Jenny.[23] Regarding religion, Koppelman describes himself as culturally Jewish, but from a philosophical standpoint he identifies himself as an atheist.[24] Koppelman is a fan of the Knicks, Jets, and Yankees.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Episode: The Moment, Hank Steinberg". ESPN. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Christopher Rosen (October 3, 2013). "Brian Koppelman & David Levien On 'Runner Runner,' Screenwriting & The Status Of 'Rounders 2'". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "This Is What They Want". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bill Simmons (April 9, 2006). "Curious Guy 'Rounders'". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Charles Koppelman". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ The New York Times: "Brenda "Bunny" Koppelman Obituary" July 9, 2008
  7. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths KOPPELMAN, BUNNY". The New York Times. 2008-07-11. 
  8. ^ "Tufts Grad Honored At Sarasota Film Festival". Tufts University. April 23, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Brian Koppelman". Film Bug. September 4, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Nancy Harrison (January 20, 1991). "Persuasion Pays Off for a Talent Scout". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Tom Phalen (August 22, 1996). "Making A New Start -- Tracy Chapman's Career Went From A `Fast Car' To A Slow Crawl; Now She's Back With A Whole `New Beginning'". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "100 Best Albums of the Eighties". Rolling Stone. 
  13. ^ Roger Ebert (October 11, 2002). "Knockaround Guys". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Solitary Man (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  15. ^ "Contributors: Brian Koppelman". Grantland.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Moment with Brian Koppelman". ESPN Pod Center. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Rachel Syme (October 10, 2013). "Screenwriting Advice, in Six Seconds or Less". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ https://vine.co/briankoppelman
  19. ^ Soraya Nadia McDonald (March 14, 2014). "Showtime green-lights pilot from NYT columnist Sorkin". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "From the Hill to Hollywood". Tufts. 
  21. ^ "NBC Tops Sports Emmys, Extends 'Sunday Night Football' Streak". Chicago Tribune. 
  22. ^ "Amy L. Levine Has Wedding". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jennifer Koppelman Hutt". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Episode: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Deaf Frat Guy". Adamcarolla.com. November 26, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Knockaround Guys (2001)". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Interview With An Assassin (2002) Production Credits". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  27. ^ Elvis Mitchell (October 17, 2003). "Runaway Jury (2003) FILM REVIEW; Courtroom Confrontation With Lots of Star Power". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Walking Tall (2004) Production Credits". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ Todd McCarthy (January 26, 2006). "Review: ‘The Illusionist’". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  30. ^ Manohla Dargis (June 8, 2007). "They Always Come Out Ahead; Bet on It". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  31. ^ Todd McCarthy (September 15, 2008). "Review: ‘The Lucky Ones’". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  32. ^ Michael O'Sullivan (June 11, 2010). Bug "Movie review: In 'Solitary Man,' Michael Douglas plays an unappealing charmer". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Solitary Man". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  34. ^ Ebert, Roger (May 20, 2009). "The Girlfriend Experience". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Runner Runner Cast". Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  36. ^ Street Lawyer, The (ABC). The Futon Critic.
  37. ^ Mike McDaniel (January 13, 2005). "Michael Madsen, 'Tilt' could put ESPN in the chips". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 

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