Jeb Brien is an award winning Executive Producer who has produced and directed television series and specials for some of the most talented artists of a generation, helping to forge their careers through careful imaging and innovative productions.
Getting his start first as a manager with Tommy Mottola’s Champion Entertainment where as a partner handled the creative for their roster of career luminaries such as Daryl Halll and John Oates; John Mellencamp; Mariah Carey and Carly Simon. He moved with Mottola to Sony Music where he created, Automatic Productions their successful television and video division. Today, he and Tommy head up The Mottola Company, a full-service entertainment company comprising a record label, talent management, music publishing, and television and theatrical production.
As the Executive Producer, Director and Creator of “Sessions at West 54th”, public television’s critically acclaimed and award winning weekly music series, Jeb brings a sensitivity and aesthetic unmatched in today’s performing arts arena. “Sessions at West 54th” debuted in the fall of 1997, garnering rave reviews from coast to coast. As a platform for both new and established artists, this award winning series has included artists as diverse as, Beck, Diana Krall, David Byrne, Dixie Chicks, Wynton Marsalis, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois Patti Smith, Moby, Yo Yo Ma, Cesaria Evora, Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach, and Ruben Blades.
His extensive and diverse experience in music television has produced programming for artists such as Mariah Carey, John Mellencamp, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Incubus, Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and the Emmy nominated Harry Connick Jr. special among others. These productions have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, The Disney Channel, HBO, PBS, MTV and A&E. His production of, “An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash” proved not only a ratings bonanza for TNT, but was one of the most critically acclaimed music special of 1999.
Jeb was one of the first multi-camera show directors to create a performance environment outside of the traditional concert setting, as evidenced by Carly Simon’s ground breaking HBO special, “Coming Around Again”. This award winning and critically acclaimed TV show not only garnered four Ace awards, but it helped bring Ms. Simon back into the spotlight, selling millions of albums and becoming HBO’s highest rated concert special at that time. Similarly, Jeb’s creative vision has helped bring many artists back into the limelight with such programs as Kenny Loggins “Live At The Grand Canyon”, “Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night”. Each of the above programs has yielded at least a platinum soundtrack and VHS/DVD. Jeb has won international acclaim with his documentary special on six-time Academy Award winning composer John Barry and a first place at the Midem Film Festival with his documentary ‘Don’t Blame Me’ on the life of Ozzy Osbourne.
Jeb Brien next turned his sights to television’s, All-Star Tribute’s to Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell, as well as Executive Producing Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Soul for CBS, Marc Anthony, Live from Madison Square Garden for HBO and Jennifer Lopez LIVE from San Juan for NBC. He has produced and directed three USA Networks Willie Nelson and Friends specials as well as the Paramount Pictures feature release, The Original Latin Kings of Comedy. This summer again he produced and directed USA Networks concert special, Willie Nelson and Friends, Live & Kickin’, who’s soundtrack garnered four Grammy Award nominations in addition to being USA’s highest rated special to date.
Presently through The Mottola Company as well as independently, he is developing both scripted and non-scripted programming for network, cable and pay cable television as well as Superflly the Musical for Broadway with Dodger Theatricals (Jersey Boys).
- Bkack Sabbath: Gathered in their Masses (2013)
- The Secret of My Success (1987)
- Harry Connick, Jr.: Singin' & Swingin' (1990)
- John Denver: The Wildlife Concert (1995)
- Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas: Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash Tour (2001)
- Incubus: The Morning View Sessions (2002)
- Ozzy Osbourne: Live at Budokan (2002)
- Black Sabbath; The Last Supper (1999)
- Original Latin Kings of Comedy (2003)
- Willie Nelson and Friends: 1-2 and 3
- The Shop; MTV Series (2005)
- Britney Spears in Concert
- Carly Simon: Coming Around Again
- John Mellencamp: Human Wheels
- Luther VanDross: Live From Royal Albert Hall fea, Mariah Carey
- Backstreet Boys in Concert
- Sessions @West 54th: series for television
- Ozzy Osbourne: Live and Loud
- Ozzy Osbourne: Don't Blame Me
- Ozzy Osbourne: OzzFest
- DuranDuran: Unplugged
- John Barry: Moviola
- Mariah Carey: Vision Of Love
- ¿A Quién Le Importa?
- Amar Sin Ser Amada / You Know He Never Loved You
- Un Alma Sentenciada
- Cantando Por Un Sueño
Cline Dion: Various Mariah Carey: Vision of Love; All I Want for Christmas Ozzy Osbourne; Various Harry Connick Jr; Various