Brian Herzlinger

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Brian Herzlinger
Brian at Sweet screening.jpg
Brian Herzlinger at Sweet screening
Born (1976-02-19) February 19, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1997 – present
Spouse(s)Megan Henry Herzlinger (m. 2013)
ChildrenCleary Herzlinger (b. 2014)

Brian Scott Herzlinger (born February 19, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director who directed and starred in My Date with Drew, a documentary released in 2005. Herzlinger graduated from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) with a film degree in 1997.

Early years[edit]

Herzlinger grew up in Evesham Township, New Jersey, where he attended Cherokee High School, graduating in 1994 as the prom king.[1]

In 1997, he graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Cinema & Photography. He had written and directed a short, student film called The Film Contest shot on 16mm film. After moving to Los Angeles, Herzlinger directed more short films, including Malicious Intent. He worked at DreamWorks and MGM and also as a Production Assistant on several commercials and music videos. Afterwards, he worked for two years as a Producer's P.A. on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope, and worked his way up to Executive Producer Bill D'Elia's assistant on the David E. Kelley landmark series Ally McBeal. After his first feature My Date With Drew, Herzlinger began a three-year stint as an on-air special correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Simultaneously, he directed the romantic comedy Baby on Board, starring Heather Graham, Jerry O'Connell, John Corbett and Lara Flynn Boyle which hit theatres nationwide in 2009.

Herzlinger's love for film began at a young age with his first viewing of the film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, said the director in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life[2] by Robert K. Elder.

I think it gave us permission to believe, and I’ll tell you right now, one of my biggest things as a person, as a filmmaker, is being able to believe. If I didn’t have that and didn’t have that ability, I would have failed at this business.[3]

Recent years[edit]

Herzlinger has multiple film and television projects in the works. He currently lives in Malibu, California and works as a film director and writer.

My Date with Drew was Brian Herzlinger’s first feature film as a director/producer. He starred in the $1,100 film, which was rated the 4th most profitable film of all time. The film also took the film festival circuit by storm, earning the following accolades: HBO Comedy Arts Film Festival- Audience Award for Best Feature Film, beating out other entries including Napoleon Dynamite, Garden State, and Super Size Me; Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival; Best Feature Film at the New York Gen Art Film Festival; and “Drew” swept the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, earning Best Feature Film, Best First Time Feature, and the Grand Jury Prize for Film Excellence. Between 2005 and 2009, Herzlinger served as a regular On-Air Correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, starring in over 26 episodes for the number one-rated late night program. Herzlinger also produced and hosted his own segment of TV’s Extra, as well as serving as an on-air correspondent for Jerry Zucker’s (Naked Gun, Airplane!) internet and television entity National Banana. The Innovative Agency-repped writing team of Herzlinger and Jay Black, the #1 rated college comedian in the country, completed a re-write on the latest Police Academy film for New Line Cinema.

In 2008, Herzlinger directed the feature film Baby on Board, a $5 million romantic comedy starring Heather Graham, Jerry O’Connell, John Corbett, and Lara Flynn Boyle. The film hit theatres nationwide in Spring 2009 to positive critical response (“Baby On Board is a smart, funny, raunchy surprise” – Pete Hammond of Box Office Magazine).

In 2010, Summit Entertainment hired Black and Herzlinger to re-write their $50 million action comedy Mental.

In 2011, Herzlinger directed the feature Brother White, starring Bruce Davison, Ray Wise, Reginald Vel Johnson, Victoria Jackson, and Jackee Harry, as well as the television pilot for B&B Media’s Today’s Tiaras.

In 2012, Herzlinger served as host for Laugh Factor, a CW pilot for the Wayans Brothers, described as The Voice for stand-up comedy. Also, in 2012, Herzlinger directed back-to-back feature films. First, the comedy musical How Sweet It Is starring Paul Sorvino, Erika Christensen, Eddie Griffin, and Joe Piscopo. The film was co-written by Jay Black & Herzlinger, and was released in select theatres nationwide on May 10, 2013. Herzlinger also directed the family holiday film Christmas Angel, starring Kevin Sorbo, Teri Polo, Izabela Vidovic and Della Reese, which became the highest-rated TV movie of 2012 for the GMC network with over 3 million viewers.

In 2013, Herzlinger directed the feature film Finding Normal starring Candace Cameron Bure. He also produced, directed, and co-wrote the TV pilot Paulie starring Paul Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Madsen, and Max Burkholder. Also in 2013, Black & Herzlinger re-wrote Moms Night Out, a Sony Pictures film budgeted at $5 million, starring Patricia Heaton. Black and Herzlinger completed writing duties on the horror film The Death House, (slated for production in 2015) starring an impressive cast of iconic horror figures, including Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), Dee Wallace (The Howling; E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator).

In 2014, Herzlinger and Black wrote the cancer drama Meet My Valentine, starring Scott Wolf and Courtney Ford and Jay Black. Herzlinger directed the film for Marvista Entertainment which was released on Valentine's Day of 2015, and is currently on Netflix. In 2015, the duo wrote the action film, The Bus Driver, starring Robert Forster, which Herzlinger also directed. That year, Herzlinger directed the feature drama The Perfect Daughter starring Parker Stevenson and Meredith Salenger, he co-wrote and directed the Christmas film Love Always, Santa starring Marguerite Moreau, and he directed the series pilot Confessions of a Hollywood Bartender starring Trevor Donovan.

In 2016, Herzlinger directed the feature romantic comedy Love's Last Resort, which turned out to be the last film to star the late Alan Thicke, a thriller feature entitled Hush Little Baby starring Erin Cahill, and the Pureflix original series pilot Hitting The Breaks and two episodes, starring Reginald Vel Johnson, Ray Wise, Morgan Fairchild.

In 2017, Herzlinger directed the romantic drama Runaway Romance starring Tatum O'Neal.


Films Directed
Year Film Other notes
1997 The Film Contest Short film
1999 Malicious Intent Short film
2002 Krutch Short film
2005 My Date with Drew Vail Film Festival Festival Award
US Comedy Arts Festival Audience Award
Gen Art Film Festival Audience Award
Locarno International Film Festival Critics Week Award
Sonoma Valley Film Festival Audience Award
Sonoma Valley Film Festival Jury Award
Sonoma Valley Film Festival Special Award
2009 Baby on Board
2011 Brother White TV movie
2012 Christmas Angel TV movie
2013 How Sweet It Is Feature film
2013 Finding Normal TV movie
2013 Paulie Completed pilot
2014 The Bus Driver Feature Film
2014 Meet My Valentine Feature Film
2015 The Perfect Daughter Feature Film
2015 Love Always, Santa Feature Film
2015 Confessions of A Hollywood Bartender Series Pilot
2016 Love's Last Resort Feature Film
2016 Hush Little Baby Feature Film
2016 Hitting The Breaks Series Pilot + 2 Episodes
2017 Runaway Romance Feature Film


  1. ^ Strauss, Robert. "Worth Noting; This Could Be His Date With Destiny", The New York Times, August 7, 2005. Accessed August 4, 2019. "'I was the Prom King, but I couldn't get a date,' said Mr. Herzlinger, a 1994 Cherokee High School graduate who went on, with his childhood buddies Mr. Gunn and Mr. Winn, to Ithaca College film school."
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  3. ^ Herzlinger, Brian. Interview by Robert K. Elder. The Film That Changed My Life. By Robert K. Elder. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011. N. p87. Print.

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