Brian Levant

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A veteran writer-producer of TV sitcoms and director of Hollywood family-oriented features, Brian Levant began his long TV career at age 23 when he joined the writing staff of ABC's "Happy Days", a faux 1950s sitcom ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (14)

The Spy Next Door 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Are We There Yet? 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Grounded For Life 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Problem Child 2 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Married... With Children 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

The New Leave It to Beaver 1978 - 1982, 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins (TV Show)

Director
Producer (11)

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Babes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Secret Identity 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer

Poochinski 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mork and Mindy 1978 - 1982, 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Producer

Hot W.A.C.S. 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Producer

The Bad News Bears 1978 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins (TV Show)

Producer

Still the Beaver (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (3)

Leave It to Beaver 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Still the Beaver 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Please Stand By 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Story By
Other (1)

Goodtime Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

A veteran writer-producer of TV sitcoms and director of Hollywood family-oriented features, Brian Levant began his long TV career at age 23 when he joined the writing staff of ABC's "Happy Days", a faux 1950s sitcom which cashed in on the nostalgia boom initiated by the success of "American Graffiti" (1973). He eventually became a supervising producer on the series and moved on to write, produce and serve as a creative consultant for the show's hit spin-off, "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-82). Levant enjoyed his greatest success as a producer-his penchant for recycling features and earlier TV programs showed itself in such series as "The Bad News Bears" (CBS, 1979-80), "Hot W.A.C.S." (ABC, 1981), "Still the Beaver/The New Leave It to Beaver" (The Disney Channel and later in syndication, 1985-89).

Relationships

Alison Levant

Wife

Aaron Levant

Son
Born c. 1984 mother, Alison Levant

EDUCATION

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque , New Mexico

Milestones

2010

Directed Jackie Chan in the action comedy, "The Spy Next Door"

2005

Directed the comedy "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube

2002

Directed the feature "Snow Dogs," about a father (James Coburn) and son (Cuba Gooding Jr) who reunite at a dogsled race

2000

Helmed the prequel, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"

1997

Co-scripted the feature adaptation of "Leave It to Beaver"

1996

Directed the Christmas comedy, "Jingle All the Way," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1995

Executive produced the NBC TV-movie, "Problem Child 3: Junior in Love"

1994

Helmed the live-action feature adaptation of "The Flintstones," based on the animated 1960s series

1992

Directed the family comedy, "Beethoven," starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt

1991

Feature directorial debut, "Problem Child 2"

1988

Produced the syndicated series, "My Secret Identity"

1987

Helmed episodes of Fox's "Married ... With Children"

1986

Wrote and produced the retitled "The New Leave It to Beaver" for TBS; also directed episodes

1984

Executive produced the Disney Channel series, "Still the Beaver"

1983

Wrote the teleplay for the CBS TV-movie, "Still the Beaver"

1979

First credit as executive script consultant, the short-lived NBC sitcom "Brothers and Sisters"

1976

Worked as a story editor for the ABC sitcom, "Happy Days"; eventually becoming supervising producer

Reportedly submitted first jokes to a local Chicago TV show at the age of eight

Bonus Trivia

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"There's a 'Leave It to Beaver' episode where Beaver's worried about growing up, and Ward Cleaver says, 'A man never grows so old that he forgets what it's like to be a little boy.' And that's always stuck with me, because the guys who wrote that show were adults who'd grown up in another era - the 20s - but they remembered the things they'd learned as kids. And maybe that's what we're doing with 'The Flintstones.' We're retelling an old story for a new generation." - Levant to Premiere magazine, May 1994

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Borrowing from the grand comic tradition of TV tag-team writing, Levant initially credited eight round-table writers for "The Flintstones" screenplay, a violation of Writers Guild credit rules which limit script credit to no more than three writers or writing teams. The Guild's final ruling awarded shared credit to the movie's original scriptwriter Steven E. de Souza (who all along had said, "You don't need to read all 25 scripts. Just read mine and the final one, page by page. They're almost the same script") and the writing team of Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein.

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Levant is an avid collector of TV series memorabilia.

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