Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Brillstein Entertainment Partners (formerly known as Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and Brillstein-Grey Communications) is a talent management film and television production company formed by the 1991 addition of Brad Grey to The Brillstein Company, founded by Bernie Brillstein in 1969.
The Brillstein Company
Bernie Brillstein formed The Brillstein Company in 1969. There, 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 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 head of Paramount studios. 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, California. In 1986, the two formed a production company, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, which packaged programming and managed talent.
The company is regarded as one of the premier entertainment management groups in the world by many within the industry. Brillstein Entertainment Partners represents stars such as Selena Gomez, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Paul Rudd, Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, Chloë Sevigny, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Johnson, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Maher, Courteney Cox, Anton Yelchin, Anna Paquin, Epic Meal Time, Charlie Hunnam, Norm Macdonald, James Maslow and many others.
Brillstein sold his shares in the company to Grey, his one time protégé, in 1996, giving Grey full rein over operations; the company's television unit was subsequently rechristened Brad Grey Television. 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.