New moniker for Brillstein firm


Management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment has been renamed Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

The name reflects the history of the company, which was founded 38 years ago by Bernie Brillstein, as well as its current ownership.

In July 2005, partner and CEO Jon Liebman and partner Cynthia Pett-Dante acquired the company from then-owner Brad Grey following Grey's departure to become chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

"Over the last two years, we accomplished what we wanted to do in terms of direction for the company, which was broadening the talent representation area," Liebman said. "We did that through internal growth as we promoted a number of people and by bringing in people from other places, mainly the Firm, who have been great additions."

The Firm's Aleen Keshishian joined BGE as a partner in 2005, followed by Joanne Colonna. Most recently, BGE added literary managers David McIlvain and Missy Malkin.

There will be no changes at Brillstein Entertainment's successful TV division, run by Peter Traugott, Liebman said. The division has one new series, the Christina Applegate-starring ABC comedy "Samantha Be Good," on the fall schedule. It also produces "The Showbiz Show With David Spade" on Comedy Central and "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO as well as veteran "According to Jim," which is in serious contention to return on ABC.

On the feature side, Brillstein Entertainment will continue to work in conjunction with its clients and their production companies, including Brad Pitt's Plan B and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison, Liebman said.

The company's roster of clients also includes Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Heather Locklear, Rob Lowe, Bill Maher, Julianna Margulies, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Smits, John Stamos, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Bernie Brillstein founded the Brillstein Co. in 1969. It was renamed Brillstein-Grey Entertainment in 1991.