Brian Levant

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Brian Levant
Born (1952-08-06) August 6, 1952 (age 68)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • television director
  • film producer
  • television producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Alison Logan
Children3

Brian Michael Levant (born August 6, 1952) is an American television and film director, writer and producer.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Levant was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He started his career in 1976 as a writer for the TV series Happy Days. He also wrote for, among other TV shows, The Jeffersons, Mork & Mindy and Still the Beaver.

He is best known for directing the films Beethoven,[1] The Flintstones, Jingle All the Way, Snow Dogs and Are We There Yet?.[1]

Levant's work is generally disliked by film critics.[2] In response to the criticism, Levant responded, "I'm making movies for the audience that I was when I was sitting at home watching Garfield Goose and The Three Stooges on WGN...To read those reviews is an act of self-flagellation, but reviews be damned when you're at Blockbuster, and you're seeing family after family grab one of your movies off the shelf off a Friday night. I can't tell you how many times I've seen that."[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Director Producer Writer Notes
Problem Child 2 1991 Yes Directorial debut
Beethoven 1992 Yes
The Flintstones 1994 Yes
Jingle All the Way 1996 Yes
Leave It to Beaver 1997 Yes
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 Yes
Snow Dogs 2002 Yes
Are We There Yet? 2005 Yes
Beethoven's Big Break 2008 Story Direct-to-video
The Spy Next Door 2010 Yes
A Christmas Story 2 2012 Yes Yes Direct-to-video
Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure 2014 Yes Yes Direct-to-video
Max 2: White House Hero 2017 Yes Limited released
Police Academy TBA Yes Yes Yes Announced

Television[edit]

Title Year Director Producer Writer Creator Notes
Happy Days 1976–84 Supervising Yes Writer (14 episodes) / Producer (44 episodes)
The Jeffersons 1977 Story Episode: "Jefferson Airplane"
Please Stand By 1978 Yes 1 episode
Brothers and Sisters 1979 Yes 2 episodes
The Bad News Bears 1979–80 Yes Yes Writer (2 episodes) / Producer (12 episodes)
Mork & Mindy 1981–82 Yes Yes Writer (2 episodes) / Producer (22 episodes)
The New Leave It to Beaver 1983–89 Yes Executive Yes Developer 102 episodes / Director (21 episodes) / Writer (19 episodes)
Married... with Children 1987 Yes Episode: "The Poker Game"
Charles in Charge 1988–89 Yes 2 episodes
My Secret Identity 1988–91 Co-Executive Yes Yes 72 episodes / Writer (Episode: "Pilot")
Poochinski 1990 Executive Yes Unsold pilot
Babes 1990-91 Executive 22 episodes
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1995 Executive TV film
The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space 1995 Executive Story TV film
Metropolitan Hospital 1997 Yes Executive Yes Unsold pilot
Father Can't Cope 2000 Yes Executive Yes Unsold pilot
Grounded for Life 2001 Yes Episode: "Eddie's Dead"
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins 2009 Yes Yes TV film
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster 2010 Yes Yes TV film
The Game of Love 2016 Executive Yes TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brain Levant". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2016. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Liebenson, Donald (January 15, 2010). "'Spy Next Door' reflects on its director". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 30, 2019.

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