Linda Brown spent six years at the prestigious PMK / HBH Public Relations. From there she initiated and developed the motion picture department at Bragman, Nyman, Cafarelli (BNC/HBH) and went on to serve as VP, Motion Pictures for the famed Rogers & Cowan. She now owns Indie PR with veteran publicist Jim Dobson who she’s worked with for over 20 years.
Ms. Brown’s experience in publicity spans film, television, film festivals, personal celebrity, filmmakers, art, internet shows, books, production companies and live theater. For film, Brown’s Indie PR implements campaigns for studios and independent productions. She has been recognized for her work at film festivals both domestically and internationally for her ability to navigate the waters for indie filmmakers through well thought-out publicity and marketing campaigns with the goal of a sale for that film.
Ms. Brown has been singled out and featured in ICG Magazine four years in a row and in 2017 was featured as one of the best festival publicists in Hollywood. She was chosen by the Sundance Film Festival and included in its prestigious Sundance: A Festival Virgin’s Guide in which she was named one of the best publicists to work the Sundance Film Festival. She was also featured in Chris Gore’s Film Festival Survival Guide where she explains the do’s and don’ts of festival publicity.
Linda Brown and her Indie PR have spearheaded publicity and marketing campaigns on a countless number of studio and independent features in various stages of production, festivals and release. It is her understanding of what is needed at every stage of a film’s life that separates her from other publicists in the field.
Brown is involved in film festivals domestically and internationally throughout the year; helping filmmakers navigate the waters of the festival circuit to help secure a sale for their film. She aids filmmakers by consulting and forming teams around a film with the goal of making a sale. Her dedication to film and love of filmmakers lent itself to her being recruited for Head of Publicity and Marketing for the newly revamped Hollywood Film Festival.
Some of Brown’s exceptional genre work includes, but is not limited to Middle Man starring Parks & Rec favorite Jim O’Heir; Walking Dead stars Josh McDermitt and Andrew J. West; and Mad Men’s Anne Dudek. Brown orchestrated a successful film premiere at the Seattle Film Festival where it won the Jury Award and was sold. She did the same for the genre film Excess Flesh which premiered at SXSW, and went on to perform at over 25 film festivals around the world. The film was recently released theatrically and on VOD following a successful media campaign. Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Peter Saarsgard, Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz and Winona Ryder, premiered at Sundance and was sold after a number of offers after garnering critical acclaim at the festival. Other infamous genre work includes the Resident Evil series; The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell, When a Stranger Calls, Sam Raimi’s Boogeyman, Renny Harlin’s The Covenant, The Roommate with Leighton Meester, Obsessed starring Beyonce and Ali Larter, Quarantine, Armored, Prom Night, The Cave, Vacancy starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon and the Pang Brothers’ thriller The Messengers.
Her ongoing relationship with Francis Ford Coppola and his company helped to bring Tetro to the screen in a self-distribution format. Tetro stars Vincent Gallo and met with impressive monetary success for Coppola’s company. Other films include Please Stand By directed by Ben Lewin and starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette; Battle of the Year starring Chris Brown, Josh Holloway and Josh Peck and Lords of Dogtown starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch for Screen Gems among others.
Ms. Brown currently serves as both Unit and Broadcast Publicist for Davey Holmes' critically acclaimed TV show Get Shorty starring Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano for MGM/EPIX. Brown launched the groundbreaking television show The Simpsons while continuing the global PR and Marketing campaign for the seasons following. She also worked with Walter Latham on the smash comedy hit Television Specials Kings of Comedy, Queens of Comedy and The Next Kings of Comedy.
Ms. Brown’s corporate entertainment clients have included Francis Ford Coppola, James L. Brooks and his company Gracie Films, The Hollywood Film Festival, Film Festival Flix, Walter Latham Comedy, AFI, AFI Film Festival, IFP, The Slamdance Film Festival, Los Angeles Int’l Film Festival, Variety; Tristar Pictures, Sony Pictures, Screen Gems, STARZ! Films, Artisan Entertainment; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, IMAX; Showtime; Twentieth Century Television; Edmonds Entertainment; Fineline; Catch 23; Miramax; and Lions Gate among others. Celebrity clients have included: Howie Mandel, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore, Eddie Griffin; The Simpsons’ Matt Groening; Francis Ford Coppola; Nicolas Cage; Christian Slater; Winona Ryder; Andie MacDowell; Howie Mandel and many others.
Jim Dobson has been one of the leading entertainment publicists in the U.S. for over 30 years. His unique ability to discover and launch new talent and filmmakers has led to an impressive roster of clients which have included such well-known actors as; Robert Duvall, George Clooney, Kirstie Alley, Robert Downey Jr , Roseanne Barr, David Duchovny, Rachel Hunter, Dean Stockwell, Robert Mitchum, Patrick Dempsey, Carol Burnett, Sarah Jessica Parker and award-winning filmmakers Ava DuVernay, Maryam Keshavarz, Andrew Haigh, Michael Almereyda, Jeff Malmberg, Cherien Dabis, Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan, and many others.
His extensive credits have included countless international film festival campaigns including the winning films at every major film festival in the country; “Circumstance” (Sundance Winner), “Valley of Saints” (Sundance Winner), “Middle of Nowhere” (Sundance Winner), "Amreeka" (Cannes winner), “Young and Wild” (Sundance Winner), “Grown Up Movie Star” (Sundance Winner), "Lasting" (Sundance winner), “Natural Selection” (SxSW Winner), “Weekend” (SxSW Winner), "She's Lost Control" (Berlin Film Festival winner), “That Evening Sun” (SxSW Winner), "Citadel" (SxSW Winner), "Bay of All Saints" (SxSW Winner), "Before I Disappear" (SxSW winner), “Incendies” (Oscar Nomination), “The Topp Twins" (Toronto Film Festival Winner), “Marwencol” (SxSW Winner), "Assholes" (SxSW winner), "Beasts Clawing at Straws" (Rotterdam winner), "Experimenter" (Sundance winner), "This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection" (Sundance winner), and many others.
In addition to his award-winning festival films, he has also launched successful theatrical, VOD and award campaigns for numerous feature films and documentaries including the wide theatrical release for "Hearts Beat Loud". Dobson also works as a unit publicist including the recent Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winning film "Clemency" with Alfre Woodard.
Corporate clients have included; Gunpowder & Sky, Quiver Distribution, Pantelion Films, Gravitas Ventures, eOne Films, Warner Brothers, Showtime, The Orchard, Variety, and many others.