E. Brian Dobbins

Talent & Literary Manager
Artists First
Panelist, Seattle Film Summit

For the past 15 years, E. Brian Dobbins has been a Talent and Literary Manager at Artists First.

A native of Long Beach, California, Dobbins graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. Dobbins began his career at United Talent Agency and subsequently left to work in development at HBO Pictures. His experiences at UTA and HBO lead him to realize the vital nature of managers and decided to pursue a career in talent and literary management.  Dobbins left HBO and joined Interact Management where he utilized his knowledge of development in order to build a client list consisting of young and exciting writers and directors.  Eighteen months later, Dobbins added actors to his list of clients and moved to Polestar Management.  A year-and-a-half later, he joined Artists First, where he is currently one of six partners.

At Artists First, Dobbins has expanded his management career to also include producing.  His producing credits include Fox’s TV series “Do Not Disturb,” the Oxygen cable network series “Campus Ladies,” ABC and 20th Century Fox’s TV pilot “Adopted,” and the film THE SEA OF TREES starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gus Van Sant, which premiered at Cannes. Dobbins currently serves as an Executive Producer on the critically-acclaimed ABC series BLACK-ISH, created by client Kenya Barris that also stars clients Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Most recently, BLACK-ISH took home five awards at the NAACP Image Awards. In addition, BLACK-ISH and clients Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were each nominated for Golden Globes over the past two years; Tracee Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe in 2017 for her performance on the show. Dobbins is also an executive producer of the new BLACK-ISH spinoff GROWN-ISH on Freeform.

In addition to Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kenya Barris (all of BLACKISH), Brian also represents clients such as writer/actor Nat Faxon (THE WAY WAY BACK, Oscar Winner for THE DESCENDANTS), Andre Braugher (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET), Jon Chu (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SECOND ACT), F. Gary Gray (upcoming MEN IN BLACK, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Regina Hall (GIRLS TRIP, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, ABOUT LAST NIGHT), Niecy Nash (CLAWS, SCREAM QUEENS,GETTING ON), Tracy Oliver (GIRLS TRIP, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT) and producer Stephanie Allain (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, HUSTLE AND FLOW).

Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9062012ap)
The Television Academy and the Producers Peer Group reception, Los Angeles, USA – 14 Sep 2017


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