BRIAN LEVANT AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE
Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as noted Director/Writer/Producer presents his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys assembled in his new book.
Original book of photographs and text by the noted director/writer/producer Brian Levant, presenting his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys, including hundreds of iconic characters represented in figures, banks, games, lunchboxes, puppets, comics, windups, vehicles and items at the bottom of cereal boxes. This comprehensive and one-of-a-kind collection and book/work, itself, is presented in varied chapters. There are chapters here that include the author's Flintstones collection; others created while he produced features with Steven Spielberg; or those acquired while producing classic TV shows, like Mork & Mindy. And this is just a small sampling of what is in this exhaustive book, where the sum total has been acquired over the past 50 years. This is a book distinctive in its content; in both words and the hundreds of original photographs created exclusively for it. The author's acclaim and success as a producer of popular culture film and television features allows presentation here of a distinctly individual and personal yet universally interesting book for collectors and the general public alike, which has no comparison and could not be replicated even in a minor form, by anyone else other than this author.
Brian Levant is a nationally recognized toy and pop culture collector now in his fifth decade in the entertainment industry. Director, writer, and producer, Levant has been at the creative helm of some of the biggest franchises in family entertainment. Among Levant's more than 400 television credits include being the showrunner of "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy" and "The Bad News Bears" series. After winning the 1989 Cable Ace Award as Best Director in a Comedy Series, for his long running "Leave it to Beaver" revival, Levant turned his attention to writing and directing feature films. Among Levant's feature directing credits are the original "Beethoven," the two Steven Spielberg produced Flintstones films, Jingle All the Way" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Snow Dogs", Are We There Yet" and the 2010 Jackie Chan vehicle, "The Spy Next Door.
In addition, Levant has produced, written or directed another 10 network and cable films including the Starz Network's first original production, "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space" and the two live action/CGI Scooby Doo films, which remain the Cartoon Network's highest rated programs of all-time. Illumination Entertainment is currently in pre-production on Levant's original C.G.I. animated musical feature, which is being produced and the music written by Pharrell Williams.
Additional awards his works have collected include an 1981 NAACP Image Award for "The Bad NewsBears", 1987 Youth In Film Best Series Award for "Beaver" and the 1988 International Emmy for Best Children and Young People's Series, for "My Secret Identity", which he created.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four gigantic dogs.