Linda Brown's publicity experience is diverse and impressive. Brown has worked in the arenas of Unit Publicity, Broadcast & Release PR for TV and Film, and Film Festival publicity. She is currently serving as Unit Publicist on the Netflix/Shondaland production THE RESIDENCE by Paul William Davies. Recent work includes the original anthology series GASLIT starring Sean Penn and Julia Roberts for Universal Content Productions/STARZ; and the original series SHINING VALE starring Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear, and Mira Sorvino for Warner Bros Productions/STARZ (both seasons) created by Jeff Astrof. Brown served as Unit Publicist for Shining Vale and remained on for its broadcast premiere. Other recent work includes Season 3 of the cult hit PARTY DOWN for STARZ/Lionsgate, created by Rob Thomas and starring Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, and Jennifer Garner.
As unit publicist Brown not only performs traditional publicity work but serves as a field producer on EPK shoots, and coordinator for series marketing shoots, press days, and virtual panels from the set. She also produces and shoots BTS and digital social media content.
Brown has worked as a unit, festival, and release publicist on countless films (partial list attached). Highlights include TESLA starring Ethan Hawke, Jim Gaffigan, and Kyle MacLaughlin, by Director: Michael Almereyda; THE OUTPOST starring Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, and Milo Gibson, by Director: Rod Lurie; the RESIDENT EVIL films, EXPERIMENTER directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Peter Saarsgard, Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz, Winona Ryder, and Jon Leguizamo; and MGM’s theatrical remake of the 1980’s musical classic VALLEY GIRL.
Brown spent six years at the prestigious PMK Public Relations (now PMK/HBH) during which time she spearheaded unit publicity and release campaigns for film and television projects. One of the most successful campaigns includes the launch and subsequent years as a unit and campaign strategist for the critical sensation The Simpsons with James L. Brooks for 20th Century Fox Television. From there she initiated and developed the motion picture department at Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC/HBH) and went on to serve as Sr. Director for the famed Rogers & Cowan. She went on to create Indie PR with Jim Dobson; developed as a means to bring publicists working independently together to share ideas, resources, and information in a cohesive daily office experience.
Brown works closely with publicity and marketing departments of studios and networks; creating marketing materials and press releases, and managing visuals. When working as a Union Publicist, Brown separates herself by bringing an added layer to her work if desired. In addition to collaborating with the network and studio on the show’s publicity needs, she is able to use her experience and talent for shooting behind-the-scenes supplemental social media and EPK footage, which has proven to save her clients thousands of dollars per show and deliver personalized results of talent and filmmakers. Brown has served as visual content manager on a variety of projects and is an IATSE, Local 600 member, which enables her to shoot on set.
Brown has been recognized for her work at film festivals both domestically and internationally for her ability to navigate festival waters for indie filmmakers through well-thought-out publicity and marketing campaigns with the goal of a sale. She was singled out and featured in ICG Magazine four years in a row as one of the best festival publicists in Hollywood. The Sundance Film Festival dedicated a chapter to Brown in its Sundance: A Festival Virgin’s Guide, in which they named her one of the best publicist choices to work the Sundance Film Festival. She is also featured in Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide where she explains the do’s and dont's of festival publicity.
Jim Dobson has been one of the leading entertainment publicists in the U.S. for over 40 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.
His longtime client director Maryam Keshavarz is the only female director to have won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award twice, including this years acclaimed "The Persian Version."
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", and Walter Hills' "Dead for a Dollar." Dobson also works as a unit publicist including the recent Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winning film "Clemency" with Alfre Woodard.
His extensive Oscar campaigns include the recent Netflix Original documentary short "Audible" which was nominated for an Oscar in 2022, and for longtime client Robert Duvall who was nominated for his performance in "The Judge."
Dobson is a veteran writer working as Senior Contributor to Forbes Magazine for over a decade. He is also a hotel consultant and advisor assisting in public relations outreach to properties around the world.