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What Makes You Tick? by Douglas E. Schoen, Michael J. Berland

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CHAPTER 43

Bernie Brillstein

FOUNDING PARTNER, BRILLSTEIN-GREY ENTERTAINMENT

Bernie Brillstein began his Hollywood career in the William Morris mailroom in 1955. In the decades that followed, the talent manager and television and movie producer was largely responsible for some of the most successful movies, television shows, and entertainment careers in Hollywood history.

Brillstein first honed his skills as a talent manager, signing and developing unknown talent like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and Jim Henson. As his clients rose to television stardom, Brillstein launched the Brillstein Company in 1969 and became a “packager,” bringing together all elements of a project such as writers, directors, and stars. His first big package ...

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