STAN BROOKS is an award-winning producer of film and television with over 30 years of industry experience. He has produced more than 70 movies for film and television since 1989, when he founded his first independent production company, Once Upon a Time Films.
Brooks made his directorial debut with the film Perfect Sisters - starring Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin (The Call, Little Miss Sunshine) Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia Series), and Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion). The film opened in theaters on April 11, 2014 across the nation and in Canada with international release in Fall 2014. Receiving praiseworthy reviews from both The Los Angeles Times and New York Times, Perfect Sisters continues to dominate on Hulu, Netflix, VOD and digital downloads.
Most recently, Brooks directed A Life Earned, episode 504 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In November 2017, it was announced that Brooks would produce, write and direct his next feature, Girl Who Fell From The Sky, starring Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner.
Brooks directed his second feature with the true-crime drama, The Grim Sleeper, starring Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B--- in Apartment 23), Macy Gray (Training Day), Ernie Hudson (Call Me Crazy) and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club). The Grim Sleeper follows LA Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek (Walker) as she doggedly investigates the unsolved murders of dozens of women in Los Angeles and soon realizes one person is responsible for many of these deaths that began over 20 years earlier. The Grim Sleeper aired on Lifetime Television on March 15th, 2014 and Brooks won his 4th PRISM AWARD for the film in 2015 for it’s authentic storytelling of mental illness and substance use issues.
In 2010, he produced three films and a miniseries based on books by bestselling authors Ann Rule (Too Late To Say Goodbye, All She Ever Wanted) and Patricia Cornwell (At Risk, The Front), the same year he produced On Strike for Christmas and Smoke Screen for the Lifetime Movie Network. Brooks' topped off the year with an appointment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Film Commission where he helped to pass the first tax incentives for the entertainment industry in California history, bringing back hundreds of thousands of jobs.
In 2009, Prayers For Bobby earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Sigourney Weaver for her portrayal of Mary Griffith.
In 2008, The Capture of the Green River Killer aired, starring Tom Cavanagh. It was Brooks' 50th film since founding his independent shingle, Once Upon a Time Films in 1989. It delivered record ratings to the 10-year-old Lifetime Movie Network, averaging 2.4 million viewers for Part 1 and 2.6 million for Part 2. At the time it was the highest rated program in the network's history.
His miniseries, Broken Trail starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, directed by the legendary Walter Hill, won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries; and Best Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. In addition to winning the coveted DGA award for Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries and receiving four S.A.G. Award nominations, Broken Trail was honored with an astounding 16 Emmy nominations, providing AMC with not only the highest rated scripted program on cable in over ten years, but also the most Emmy nominations for a miniseries since "Roots".
Mr. Brooks has produced films for all the major broadcast and cable networks and has worked with some of the best actors, directors and writers in the industry. Of particular note are Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (who directed his only film for Brooks), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Keanu Reeves, Brad Whitford, James Marsters, Lou Diamond Philips, Jamie-Lynn Siegler, Fran Drescher, Marissa Winokur, Brian Dennehy, Sam Neill, Faith Ford, Jennie Garth, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Queen Latifah, Jack Palance, Michael Moriarty, Annette Funicello, John Candy, Sharon Lawrence and many more.
Prior to starting Stan & Deliver Films and Once Upon a Time Films, Brooks served as President of Guber-Peters Television. Under his leadership the company produced numerous projects including Rain Man, which went on to win the Best Picture Oscar at the 1988 Academy Awards.
Of all his accomplishments, Brooks' considers his 1994 founding of The Hollywood Indies Little League Foundation - a charitable organization, which brought Little League back to an abandoned park in South Central Los Angeles - his greatest pride. It is now the largest Little League program in Los Angeles. In 1996, Brooks was recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his special contribution to the parks and children of L.A.
As a graduate of Brandeis University, Brooks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. In addition, he is an Adjunct professor at the American Film Institute for the Advanced Film & Television Studies.