November 9, 1912|
New York City, New York, U.S.
October 29, 1990 (aged 77)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
University of Michigan|
Yale School of Drama
|Spouse(s)||Patricia M. Brodkin (1917-1983)|
Herbert Brodkin (November 9, 1912 – October 29, 1990) was an American producer and director of film and television.
Early life and education
Brodkin was born to a Jewish family on November 9, 1912 in New York City. Brodkin was the youngest of six children born unto parents Adolph (died 1946) and Rose Brodkin. Brodkin's parents were both born in Russia. His father immigrated from Russia in 1887 and his mother in 1894. Brodkin had two older brothers; Nathanal and Milton (1904–1970), and three older sisters; Gertrude, Ethel, and Beatrice.
Brodkin started his career as a scenic designer of the 1947 Broadway drama O'Daniel. He was also the scenic designer of many other plays. Eventually, Brodkin would be the production manager of the plays Texas, Li'l Darlin, (1949), and Something About a Soldier, (1962).
Brodkin began his career in television in 1950 as a set designer at CBS. Brodkin achieved recognition a few years later and became a producer for many anthology programs of the 1950s including The Elgin Hour, The Alcoa Hour, Goodyear Television Playhouse, and Studio One.
Playhouse 90 was one of Brodkin's most memorable production credits. Beginning in 1956, the series was able to put Brodkin's expertise in the theatrical arts at work. The series ended in 1960. Another one of Brodkin's memorable production credits was the 1960s courtroom drama The Defenders. The series starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son defense attorney team who, under the production of Brodkin, dealt with subjects such as euthanasia and blacklisting, subjects which, at the time, were very touchy for television. Brodkin also became famous for his use of close-ups and fast cuts in the series.
Brodkin also produced several films throughout his career.
One of those films include the 1981 movie Skokie. Skokie was the true story of constitutional rights in Illinois. The movie's plot was based on the real life NSPA Controversy of Skokie, Illinois in the late 1970s which involved the National Socialist Party of America. The movie starred Danny Kaye.
Plautus Productions/Titus Productions
In 1959, Brodkin founded and became the president of Plautus Productions. The company was responsible for series such as Brenner, The Defenders, The Nurses, Espionage and Coronet Blue. The production company closed in 1967.
In 1965, Brodkin, along with producer Robert Berger founded Titus Productions. Titus Productions served as the production company for many of the TV shows and films that Brodkin produced including the 1978 miniseries Holocaust, and the movies Skokie and Mandela. The company was acquired by the Taft Entertainment Company in 1981. The studio defunct in 1989.
Brodkin was married once to Patricia M. Brodkin (May 3, 1917–April 1, 1983)
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Brodkin. He was survived by his two daughters; Lucinda D. and Brigit A. Brodkin. He was also survived by two older sisters; Pat Cutler, and Beatrice Forrest.
Legacy and Honors
At Brodkin's alma mater, Yale School of Drama there are two scholarship and graduate programs established by Brodkin. They are The Herbert H. and Patricia M. Brodkin Scholarship and The Patricia M. Brodkin Memorial Scholarship.
The Herbert H. and Patricia M. Brodkin Scholarship was established by Herbert and Patricia Brodkin in 1963. The program is given to an outstanding student selected by the faculty of the school. The Patricia M. Brodkin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1983 by Herbert Brodkin, associates and friends in memory of his recently deceased wife Patricia. The program is awarded to a student of the school.
Awards and nominations
- 1956: Nominated Emmy as Best Producer of a Live Television Series for The Alcoa Hour and Goodyear Television Playhouse (NBC).
- 1968: Nominated Emmy as Outstanding Dramatic Program for CBS Playhouse (CBS).
- 1969: Nominated Emmy as Outstanding Dramatic Program for CBS Playhouse (CBS).
- 1975: Nominated Emmy as Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy for The Missiles of October. Shared with Irv Wilson and Robert Berger (ABC).
- 1978: Won Emmy as Outstanding Producer of a Limited Series for Holocaust. Shared with Robert Berger (NBC).
- 1982: Nominated Emmy as Outstanding Drama Special for Skokie (CBS).
- 1987: Won ACE as Movie or Miniseries for Murrow.
- 1989: Nominated ACE as Movie or Miniseries for Mandela (HBO).
|1950-1951||Charlie Wild, Private Detective||Producer||2 episodes|
|1953||ABC Album||Producer||2 episodes|
|1954||The Motorola Television Hour||Producer||1 episode|
|Center Stage||Executive Producer||Produced all episodes|
|1954-1955||The Elgin Hour||Producer||2 episodes|
|1955||The Philco Television Playhouse||Producer||1 episode|
|1955-1956||Alcoa-Goodyear Playhouse||Producer||3 episodes|
|1957||Studio One||Producer||4 episodes|
|1959-1960||Playhouse 90||Producer||6 episodes|
|1961-1965||The Defenders||Executive Producer|
|1962-1965||The Doctors and the Nurses||Executive Producer|
|1965||For the People||Producer|
|1967||Coronet Blue||Executive Producer|
|CBS Playhouse||Producer||Episode - Dear Friends|
|1968||CBS Playhouse||Producer||Episode - The People Next Door|
|1972||Lights Out||Producer||TV movie|
|Rx for the Defense||Producer||TV movie|
|1974||F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles'||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|The Missiles of October||Producer||TV movie|
|1975||F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1976||The Land of Hope||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1977||The Deadliest Season||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Siege||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|The Last Tenant||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1979||Hollow Image||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1980||Doctor Franken||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Death Penalty||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|F.D.R.: The Last Year||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|The Henderson Monster||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|King Crab||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1981||Skokie||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1982||My Body, My Child||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Benny's Place||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1983||Ghost Dancing||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1984||Sakharov||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1986||Murrow||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1987||Night of Courage||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Mandela||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1988||Stones for Ibarra||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Doubletake||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|1990||Murder in Black and White||Executive Producer||TV movie|
|Murder Times Seven||Executive Producer||TV movie|
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