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Billy Wilder
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Larry McMurtry
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Mary Tyler Moore
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James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks

American director, producer and screenwriter add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (78%), (11%), New Zealand (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Matt Groening, Fox Broadcasting Company, The Simpsons Movie

Linked to: New York University, The New York Times, Democratic Party, John Charles Walters Company

 

Timeline


 

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James L. Brooks was born in 1940 add something


1965

He moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to work on David L. Wolper's documentaries add something


1969

In 1969 he created for ABC the series "Room 222", which lasted until 1974 add something

 

Allan Burns - In 1969, Burns began a partnership with James L. Brooks after being impressed with the television pilot for Brooks's show "Room 222"


1970

Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in 1970 add something


1974

With " Mary Tyler Moore" going strong, Brooks produced and wrote the TV film "Thursday's Game", before creating the short-lived series "Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers" in 1974 add something

 

Penny Marshall - In 1974, James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, executive producers of the hit situation comedy, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", cast Marshall as Janice Dreyfuss, sister-in-law to Paul Dreyfuss in the series, "Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers"


1975

Brooks and Davis had been inspired by the article "Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet" by Mark Jacobson, which appeared in the September 22, 1975 issue of "New York" magazine add something


1977

The duo's next project came in 1977 in the shape of "Lou Grant", a second " Mary Tyler Moore" spin-off, which they created along with Tinker add something

 

Richard Sakai - He began his career as a helper for James L. Brooks in 1977


1978

Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 and formed the John Charles Walters Company along with David Davis, Stan Daniels and Ed Weinberger add something

 

Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the sitcom "Taxi" which, despite winning multiple Emmys, suffered from low ratings and was canceled twice add something

 

He was married to Holly Beth Holmberg from 1978 to 1999; the two had three children together add something

 

In 1978, Brooks began work on feature films add something

 

The show began on ABC in 1978 airing on Tuesday nights after "Three's Company" which generated high ratings and after two seasons it was moved to Wednesday add something


1979

Brooks moved into feature film work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film "Starting Over" add something

 

His first project was the 1979 film "Starting Over" which he wrote and co-produced with Alan J. Pakula add something


1980

Brooks' fingerprints can now be seen in shows such as "Seinfeld", "Friends", "Ally McBeal" and numerous other shows from the 1980's and 90's add something


1982

Its ratings fell and in 1982 it was canceled; NBC picked it up, but the ratings remained low and it was dropped after one season add something


1983

Brooks next project came in 1983, when he wrote, produced and directed "Terms of Endearment", adapting the screenplay from Larry McMurtry's novel of the same name add something

 

Vernon Dalhart - In 1983, James L. Brooks adapted the book into a movie of the same name, "'Terms of Endearment"' for Paramount Pictures

 

Terms of Endearment - "'Terms of Endearment"' is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow


1984

Brooks started his own film and television production company, Gracie Films, in 1984 add something


1985

Matt Groening - In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show "The Tracey Ullman Show"

 

Matt Groening - In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation on an undefined future project, which would turn out to be developing a series of short animated skits, called "bumpers," for the Fox variety show "The Tracey Ullman Show"


1986

Maggie Simpson - Matt Groening first conceived Maggie and the rest of the Simpson family in 1986 in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office

 

Bart Simpson - Matt Groening first conceived of Bart and the rest of the Simpson family in 1986, while waiting in the lobby of producer James L. Brooks' office

 

Gracie Films - "'Gracie Films"' is a Californian film and television production company, created by James L. Brooks in 1986


1987

Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of "The Tracey Ullman Show" add something

 

In 1987, the "Chicago Sun-Times" described Brooks' career as "a non-stop crescendo add something

 

Lois Chiles - Chiles' portrayal of reporter Jennifer Mack in James L. Brooks' "Broadcast News" was well received, as was her turn in George A. Romero's horror flick "Creepshow 2" in 1987, as a hit and run driver

 

Albert Brooks - In James L. Brooks's hit "Broadcast News" , Albert Brooks was nominated for an Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor as an insecure, supremely ethical network TV reporter, who offers the rhetorical question, "Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive-" He won positive notices for his role in 1998's "Out of Sight", playing an untrustworthy banker and ex-convict

 

Sam Simon - The premise began life as a series of short cartoons airing as part of "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, on which Simon was a writer and executive producer alongside James L. Brooks


1989

After the success of the shorts, the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1989 commissioned a series of half-hour episodes of the show, now called "The Simpsons" add something

 

He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to "The Simpsons" in 1989 add something

 

Sam Simon - In 1989 he developed the animated comedy series "The Simpsons", along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks


1990

Brooks produced and directed "Brooklyn Laundry", his first theatrical production, in 1990 add something


1992

Krusty the Clown - In 1992, Matt Groening and James L. Brooks began planning a live-action spinoff from "The Simpsons" that revolved around Krusty and would star Dan Castellaneta. wrote a pilot script where Krusty moved to Los Angeles and got his own talk show


1993

His 1993 show "Phenom" and 2001 show "What About Joan" were short lived add something


1994

Although his 1994 work "I'll Do Anything" was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, "As Good as It Gets" earned further praise add something


1995

In 1995, Brooks and Groening were involved in a public dispute over the episode "A Star Is Burns" add something

 

Matt Groening - In 1995, Groening got into a major disagreement with Brooks and other "Simpsons" producers over "A Star Is Burns", a crossover episode with "The Critic", an animated show produced by Brooks and staffed with many former "Simpsons" crew members


1997

In 1997, "TV Guide" selected a " Mary Tyler Moore Show" episode as the best TV episode ever and in 1999, "Entertainment Weekly" picked Mary's hat toss in the opening credits as television's second greatest moment add something

 

As Good as It Gets - "'As Good as It Gets"' is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin


1998

In a 1998 issue celebrating the 20th century's greatest achievements in arts and entertainment, "Time" magazine named "The Simpsons" the century's best television series add something


2000

A total of only 23 episodes were produced, and it returned briefly in 2000 with a series of ten internet broadcast webisodes add something


2001

The Simpsons Movie - Eventually, producers James L. Brooks, Matt_Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, and Richard Sakai began development of the film in 2001


2003

In 2003, "USA Today" called it "one of the best shows ever to air on TV" add something

 

John Charles Walters Company - According to a 2003 interview, James L. Brooks said that the company was named the John Charles Walters Company because the foursome "wanted a venerable Protestant name


2004

Brooks did not direct and write a film again for seven years until 2004's "Spanglish" add something

 

It was seven years until his next film, 2004's "Spanglish" add something

 

C. Jay Cox - He mentioned in a 2004 interview that some of his idols are James L. Brooks, Sydney_Pollack and Billy Wilder


2005

Brooks began work on the film in 2005, wishing to create a film about a young female athlete add something


2007

Brooks co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, "The Simpsons Movie" add something

 

Brooks co-produced and wrote the 2007 feature-length film adaptation of "The Simpsons", "The Simpsons Movie" add something

 

Steven E. de Souza - In 2007, de Souza appeared in the feature-length documentary "Dreams on Spec," which profiled three aspiring screenwriters and featured comments from a number of distinguished writers like James L. Brooks, Nora_Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and him


2008

It ranked 140 in "Empire" 2008 list of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time" add something


2009

Filming finished in November 2009, although Brooks later reshot the film's opening and ending add something


2010

His sixth film, "How Do You Know", was released in 2010 add something

 

His next film, entitled "How Do You Know", was released December 17, 2010; Brooks produced, directed and wrote it add something

 

How Do You Know - "'How Do You Know"' is a 2010 romantic comedy drama film directed, written and produced by James L. Brooks


 

It was nominated for the Academy award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013 add something

 

American Film Institute - In 2013, Emmy and Oscar-winning director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks joined AFI as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides leadership for the film program

 

AFI Conservatory - In 2013, Emmy and Oscar-winning director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks joined the AFI Conservatory as Artistic Director, where he provides leadership for the film program


2014

The Simpsons Movie - In 2014, James L. Brooks stated that he had been approached by Fox and that they had requested that a second film be produced


2015

Coen Brothers - Only six other directors have won three Oscars for the same film, a distinction the duo shares with Billy Wilder, James L. Brooks, Francis_Ford_Coppola, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and later Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2015