As a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business, Brian Bird’s Brian’s mission as a writer, producer and creative media professional is to illuminate the power of great ideas through the medium of Story – whether destined for theaters or the home.
In addition to being a founding partner with Michael Landon Jr. of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company, Bird’s writing and producing work comprises nearly 250 episodes of network television, including such series as Touched By An Angel, Step By Step, Evening Shade, along with his and Landon’s own original hit series on the Hallmark Channel, When Calls the Heart, now prepping for its second season.
Additionally, Bird has written and/or produced a dozen movies including Captive, the untold true story of 2005 Atlanta hostage crisis, coming to theaters in 2015, The Ultimate Life for 20th Century Fox (2013), Journey to Jamaa for World Vision and Word Films (2011), Not Easily Broken for Sony/Screen Gems (2009), The Last Sin Eater for 20th Century Fox (2007) and the Morgan Freeman-directed Bopha! for Paramount Pictures(1993). In addition to When Calls the Heart, adapted from the books by best-selling author Janette Oke, he and Landon are currently developing The Reckoning, based on the best-selling Amish novel by Beverly Lewis, a 6-hour mini-series entitled The Nazarene, a retelling of the Jesus story in a way its never been told before, as well as The Boy from Babyhouse 10, based on the acclaimed internationally acclaimed book and unforgettable true story.
For Television, he has written and/or produced the films, The Confession (2012), The Shunning (2011), both for the Hallmark Channel, Saving Sarah Cain (2008) for Lifetime, Gametime for NBC (2011), Call Me Claus for TNT, the highest rated cable movie of 2003, and Captive Heart for Hallmark Hall of Fame (1996).
Bird’s films and screenplays have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for When Calls the Heart, the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival 2011 for Journey to Jamaa, the Movie Guide Epiphany Prize for Not Easily Broken and Saving Sarah Cain, the Camie Award for Saving Sarah Cain, The Black Reel Award for Not Easily Broken, and the NAACP’s Image Award and the New York Independent Film Festival for Bopha!.
Bird is a board member of the Visual Story Network and the 168 Film Project. He has spoken widely on the role of Christians in the arts, including Willow Creek Church, and Pepperdine, Chapman, Biola and Palm Beach Atlantic Universities, as well as served as a jury member for the Heartland, 168 and City of Angel Film Festivals.
He is also a longtime member of Saddleback Church, having served pastor Rick Warren in a variety of media consultations. But Bird’s best production to date is his 33-year marriage to wife, Patty, and his five children.