Louisiana native Brian Edwards has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry as a celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer. Over the past thirty years, Brian has worked with such celebrities as Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Daisy Fuentes, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd, Pam Tillis, Ali Landry, Tiffany Fallon, and Whoopi Goldberg - just to name a few.
After working as an executive assistant to legendary 5-Grammy Award winner Donna Summer for six years, Brian landed a position in 1995 as the assistant to famed talent agent Betty Fanning, then Vice-President of Commercials at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills. In 1998, he moved over to American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women's Entertainment Networks as their Manager of Celebrity Talent for five years, where he served as Talent Executive / Talent Producer for three Emmy Award winning shows: In 2001, "Reel Models: The First Women Of Film", Hosted by: Barbra Streisand - featuring Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver; In 2002 - "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg; and in 2004, for the series "When I Was A Girl," Narrated by: Charlize Theron and Kristin Davis.
Brian was also honored by The International Press Academy in 2012 with the Satellite Award for "Outstanding Contribution To The Field of Entertainment" presented to him by Cindy Crawford, becoming only the third recipient of this honor in the academy's history. Other accolades include a Special Recognition Honor from the Recording Academy for his participation on the 1997 song "Carry On" by Donna Summer, which won the first Grammy ever presented in the category for "Best Dance Recording," induction into "The Miss Louisiana USA Pageant Hall Of Fame" in 2002 and the "Distinguished Honoree Award" from the Andy Roddick Foundation in 2005. Brian also co-starred in the Pam Tillis video "I Said A Prayer," which won the CMT Music Award as one of the "Top Ten Videos of 1998." In addition he has spear-headed Hollywood Walk-Of-Fame Star Ceremonies for Joan Rivers, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams and Rascal Flatts.
While continuing his work in the area of Celebrity Client Relations for various networks and select clients, Brian recently finalized his autobiography entitled "Enter Miss Thang," set to be published in October 2013 by Archway Publishing: A Simon & Schuster Company. He's an active member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and The Country Music Association and divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.
Written by: Beverly-Claire Davis