Brian Levine (born November 22, 1963), known professionally as Brian Robbins, is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who is currently the President of Kids & Family Entertainment at ViacomCBS. As of 2018, he is the President of Nickelodeon. He has often collaborated with producer Michael Tollin.


Robbins followed his father Floyd Levine, a prolific character actor, into acting. Brian Robbins made his television acting debut on an episode of Trapper John, M.D. He guest starred on a number and television series and a recurring role on General Hospital. As an actor, he is perhaps best known from his role as Eric Mardian on the ABC sitcom ''Head of the Class''. He also hosted the children's version of the TV game show ''Pictionary'' in 1989. In the 1990s, he started producing ''All That'' and its spin-offs on Nickelodeon. He has produced several sports films including ''Coach Carter'' and ''Hardball'' (2001). He produced ''Smallville'' and also produced ''One Tree Hill''. Robbins is the founder of AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel aimed at teenagers, which has spun off into a TV series, of which Robbins is the executive producer. DreamWorks Animation acquired the company in 2013. On February 22, 2017, following NBCUniversal/Comcast's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Brian Robbins stepped down as AwesomenessTV's CEO, thus ending his five-year run with the company. On June 7, 2017, Brian Robbins became the president of Paramount Players, a newly formed division of Paramount Pictures. Robbins will work with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET brands to generate projects while also focusing on "contemporary properties." On October 1, 2018, Brian Robbins left his position as the president of Paramount Players after Viacom tapped him to be the president of Nickelodeon, ending his 16–month run at the studio. Despite leaving the studio, he remained involved with Paramount Players' Nickelodeon films.

Personal life

Robbins was born Brian Levine in Brooklyn, New York on November 22, 1963. When Robbins was 16, his family moved to Los Angeles. He graduated from Grant High School in 1982. Robbins is Jewish. He was married to publicist Laura Cathcart, with whom he has two sons, Miles and Justin. They divorced in 2013. Robbins went on to marry his ex-wife's friend, Tracy James. They have a daughter named Stella.



Producer only * ''Summer Catch'' (2001) * ''Radio'' (2003) * ''Coach Carter'' (2005) * ''Wild Hogs'' (2007) * ''The To Do List'' (2013) * ''Before I Fall'' (2017) * ''Bigger Fatter Liar'' (2017) (Executive producer)


Executive producer only * ''The Amanda Show'' (2000-2001) * ''Smallville'' (2001-2011) * ''The Nick Cannon Show'' (2002) * ''What I Like About You'' (2002-2006) * ''One Tree Hill'' (2003–2012) * ''Crumbs'' (2006) * ''Sonny with a Chance'' (2009-2011) * ''Fred: The Movie'' (2010) * ''AwesomenessTV'' (2013-2015)

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