Brad Silberling

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Brad Silberling
Born (1963-09-08) September 8, 1963 (age 58)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1984)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1987–present
(m. 1995)

Bradley Mitchell Silberling (born September 8, 1963) is an American television and film director whose credits include the feature films Casper (1995), City of Angels (1998), Moonlight Mile (2002), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Land of the Lost (2009).

Early life and education[edit]

Silberling was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Joyce Anne (Tucker), a travel consultant, and Robert Murray Silberling, who was Vice President of CBS Entertainment Productions.[1] His father was born Jewish, whereas his mother converted to Judaism.[2] Silberling attended Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA and graduated in 1981. Silberling then attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA and transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1984.[3] He later studied film directing at the UCLA Film School.


Silberling began his entertainment industry career before completing his studies. In 1986, he became a Production Assistant for a children's program. He then began to direct television and film. Silberling's 2002 film, Moonlight Mile, is loosely based on his bereavement following the murder of his girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, in 1989. In 2006, Silberling's movie 10 Items or Less was the first movie made legally available for download during its theatrical run. This became possible through ClickStar and Silberling's close relationship with its owners Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

Silberling was approached by Warner Bros. as one of the candidates to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1998. Although he began to enthusiastically plan the film in his mind and was ready to sign on to direct it, Chris Columbus was ultimately chosen as the director.[4] In 2014, his Reveal Entertainment company signed a deal with CBS Television Studios.[5] He was currently signed with ICM Partners.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Silberling previously dated Rebecca Schaeffer, whom he met at UCLA film school, until she was murdered in 1989.[7] He is currently married to the actress Amy Brenneman, whom he met on the set of NYPD Blue and with whom he has two children, Charlotte and Bodhi.[8] In 2000, the couple purchased a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts prior to moving to West Tisbury, Massachusetts in 2011.[8]



Year Title Director Producer Writer
1995 Casper Yes No No
1998 City of Angels Yes No No
2002 Moonlight Mile Yes Yes Yes
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Yes No No
2006 10 Items or Less Yes Yes Yes
2009 Land of the Lost Yes executive No
2017 An Ordinary Man Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Director Producer Notes
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Yes No Episode: "Driving Under the Influence"
1990–1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Yes No Episodes: "Car Wars", "The Doctor, the Wife, her Son and the Job", "Doogstruck"
1990 Cop Rock Yes No Episode: "Potts Don't Fail Me Now"
1991–1992 Brooklyn Bridge Yes No Episodes: "Boys of Summer", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Boroughs"
1992 Great Scott! Yes Supervising
Civil Wars Yes No Episode: "Shop 'Til You Drop"
L.A. Law Yes No Episode: "I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz"
1993, 1996 NYPD Blue Yes No Episodes: "Personal Foul", "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner", "Thick Stu"
1994 The Byrds of Paradise Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Felicity Yes No Episode: "Hot Objects"
2001 Judging Amy Yes No Episode: "One for the Road"
2011 Hail Mary Yes Executive TV movie
2013–2017 Reign Yes Executive
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Yes Executive
2015 Down Dog Yes Executive TV movie
2016 Heartbeat No Executive
2016–2017 No Tomorrow Yes Executive
2017–present Dynasty Yes Executive
2018–present Charmed Yes Executive
2020–present Dash & Lily Yes Executive


  1. ^ Dagan, Carmel (September 25, 2013). "Robert Silberling, 'Baywatch' Producer and Father of Brad Silberling, Dies at 79".
  2. ^ "Home". 18Doors.
  3. ^ "Brad Silberling". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Warner Bros. Picks Columbus to Direct First Harry Potter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "'Jane the Virgin' Director Inks Overall Deal at CBS TV Studios | Hollywood Reporter". 22 October 2014. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2020-05-01). "TV Director-Producer Brad Silberling Signs With ICM Partners". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  7. ^ Ojumu, Akin (February 15, 2003). "The family that grieves together..." Guardian US. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Hamacek, Heather (July 16, 2015). "Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers". Vineyard Gazette. Edgartown, Massachusetts. Retrieved March 11, 2016.

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