Bud Brutsman

last updated 5/7/2018

Bud W. Brutsman

Chief Executive Officer at Brentwood Communications International Inc

Location:
16135 Roscoe Blvd, North Hills, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(818) 333-3680

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Chief Executive Officer - BCII

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But even more meaningful to President/CEO Bud Brutsman are the thank-you letters from people who the company has featured - military personnel, auto manufacturers and classic car owners.
These reality TV subjects, he says, are grateful for how they were portrayed once their shows aired. "They appreciate what we are doing," Brutsman said. In the unscripted genre, Brutsman and his production team of 30 employees spotlight the characters and stories in action sports, car collecting, and extreme occupations. Car shows are especially popular overseas because car enthusiasts and collectors are found the world over, Brutsman said. "The Japanese are fanatical about American muscle cars," Brutsman said. Brutsman gauges his life by how far he has come, and in that regard, he has indeed come far. The Wyoming native came to Los Angeles at age 18. He had dropped out of high school. Brutsman worked as a health club manager and a personal trainer until getting his entry into the entertainment business working for David Catlin at Brentwood Communications International, a videotape distributor. "I want our stuff to be seen," Brutsman said. Early shows Brutsman produced were on the military - "The Real Story of the Navy SEALs" and "The Real Story of the Green Berets" aired on the History Channel. Those were followed by programs including "Cheating Las Vegas," narrated by actor James Woods and "Inside the Britannic," for which Brutsman learned how to scuba dive. The car-related shows resulted from an interest that Brutsman had in classic muscle cars and growing up with a father and brother who both raced. "We shot it in a cinematic way to give justice to how beautiful the cars are," Brutsman said. And it was Brutsman who noticed that Begley was not unlike many husbands whose wives did not share in their hobbies and interests. "You can be a super hero and your wife will still say to you 'Can you take the cape off for a few minutes'", Brutsman said. Brutsman says he looks for shows that have heart, do not exploit their subjects and can change the viewers' perspective on a topic or a group of people. He also likes shows that can make a difference in someone's life, such as "Payback" in which big name celebrities - including Jay Leno, Tim Allen and Robert Downey Jr. - designed a car for someone who had helped them in their career. Doubling or even tripling the size of BCII is Brutsman's goal in the coming years. He plans to continue following the formula that has made the company what it is today to grow the business into the future. While cable stations have been a great outlet for its programs, a cross-over show in the competition genre of "Survivor" or "Fear Factor" airing on a broadcast network would nice, Brutsman said. His motivation, in fact, is a fear of failure. "If we do our job right then everyone else wins around us," Brutsman said.

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