Joshua Brand

Joshua Brand
Born United States
Alma mater City College of New York
Columbia University
Occupation Writer, television producer, director

Joshua Brand (Birth year incorrect and inconsistent with biography)

is an American television writer, director, and producer who created St. Elsewhere, I'll Fly Away and Northern Exposure with his writing-and-producing partner John Falsey.[1]

Early life

Joshua Brand graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York, after which he was given a fellowship to Columbia University, where he received a Master of Arts degree with honors in English Literature.[2]


His play Babyface was produced in Los Angeles in 1978 and was selected as a semi-finalist in the Great American Play Contest sponsored by the Louisville Actors Theater. Another play, Grunts, was given stage readings at the American Conservatory Theater in New York City.[2]

Brand's early television career was spent writing scripts for MTM Enterprises' The White Shadow, where he and Falsey first became a team. The two of them then created St. Elsewhere for MTM in 1982 and wrote the story for every episode in the first season except one before leaving the show. He and Falsey then wrote and produced Amazing Stories for Steven Spielberg and the miniseries A Year in the Life before developing their two signature series. In 1992, Brand and Falsey's shows Northern Exposure (16 Emmy nominations) and I'll Fly Away (14 nominations) captured almost 10% of all the Emmy nominations available for nighttime television programming.[3] During this time, Brand and Falsey also won three Emmys: outstanding miniseries in 1987 for A Year in the Life; outstanding writing in a miniseries or special for the I'll Fly Away pilot in 1992; and outstanding drama series for Northern Exposure that same year.[4]

Brand later went on to create the short-lived series Going to Extremes. He has been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards (winning three, as noted above), as well as winning the Humanitas Prize, the Producers Guild of America Award, and the Environmental Media Award for Ongoing Commitment. Brand is currently a writer and executive producer of the acclaimed FX series The Americans.[5]

His directing credits include the feature film A Pyromaniac's Love Story, the television movies Wall to Wall Records and Homeward Bound, and episodes of thirtysomething and Joan of Arcadia.


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