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
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 AwardÂ®-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
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 OscarÂ® 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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