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BRIAN ROBBINS (Director/Producer) presents a movingly realistic look at childhood, sports, music and the rigors of the urban world in "Hardball," bringing together the abiding motifs of Brian Robbins' filmmaking career. From his debut hip-hop documentary, "The Show," to the hit feature, "Varsity Blues," Robbins has demonstrated a gift for crafting indelible stories that reflect the substance of contemporary life.

A founding partner of leading production/management firm Tollin/Robbins Productions (TRP), Robbins made his directorial debut in 1995, bringing his abiding passion for rap and hip-hop to "The Show," one of the first films to take an inside look at this burgeoning genre. Shot over an 18-month period in Compton and Oakland, CA, Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, and featuring such seminal artists as Run DMC, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Notorious B.I.G., it was one of the highest grossing documentaries of the year and spawned a platinum selling album.

Robbins made his first foray into features in 1997 with Paramount Pictures/MTV Films' "Good Burger," starring teen sensations Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Adapted from TRP's popular Nickelodeon television series, "All That," the comedy became one of the highest-grossing live-action family comedy films of 1997. Two years later, he directed the Paramount Pictures/MTV Films high school football drama, "Varsity Blues." Starring Academy Award-winner Jon Voight and James Van Der Beek, it topped the box office charts for two consecutive weeks, was a top video rental and generated a gold soundtrack album. That was followed in 2000 with the wrestling comedy movie, "Ready to Rumble," starring David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Rose McGowan and Academy Award®-winner Martin Landau.

In addition to his feature film work, Robbins has amassed a wide array of television credits: He has directed for Nickelodeon's "Kenan & Kel" and "All That" and the pilot episode of The WB's "Popular." In 1998 Robbins was honored with a Directors Guild of America award for his examination of the baseball color barrier with "Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal."

As a producer, Brian Robbins has been equally successful in exploring an array of topical themes: for TRP's debut project, Fox's "Hardwood Dreams," Robbins and partner Mike Tollin spent a year at Los Angeles' Morningside High, documenting the academics vs. athletics quandary faced by inner-city high schools. Narrated by Wesley Snipes, "Hardwood Dreams" went on to win the prestigious Crystal Heart Award, a Cine Golden Eagle and NBPC's Prized Pieces Award.

Soon after, Robbins paid homage to an iconoclastic sports legend with "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." A biographical documentary set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, it was honored with a Peabody Award as well as Oscar® and Emmy nominations.

Currently, Robbins is developing a diverse slate of projects with TRP. "Summer Catch," a romantic comedy set against Cape Cod's famed summer baseball league stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and Brian Dennehy and has just been released in theatres. Among Robbins' current television credits are "Smallville," the WB network's new one-hour drama centering around a teenaged Clark Kent; the family-oriented "The Nightmare Room," the first live-action series on The Kids WB; Nickelodeon's "All That," the longest running live-action series on the children's network; and "Arli$$," HBO's longest running original series, now in its sixth season.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Robbins got his start as an actor in the late '70's. After guest appearances on such hit television series as "Three's Company," "Newhart," "Facts of Life,


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