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James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer and screenwriter.wikipedia
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (also known simply as Mary Tyler Moore) is an American television sitcom starring Mary Tyler Moore and created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977.

As Good as It Gets

Although his 1994 work I'll Do Anything was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, As Good as It Gets (co-written with Mark Andrus) earned further praise.
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James L. Brooks.

Broadcast News (film)

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Basing his next film, Broadcast News, on his journalistic experiences, the film earned him a further two Academy Award nominations.
Broadcast News is a 1987 American romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks.

Terms of Endearment

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His next project was the critically acclaimed film Terms of Endearment, which he produced, directed and wrote, winning an Academy Award for all three roles.
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American comedy-drama film adapted from Larry McMurtry's 1975 novel, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks, and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow.

Starting Over (1979 film)

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Brooks moved into feature film work when he wrote and co-produced the 1979 film Starting Over.
Starting Over is a 1979 American comedy film based on Dan Wakefield's novel, produced by James L. Brooks, and directed by Alan J. Pakula.

Taxi (TV series)

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Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 to co-create the sitcom Taxi which, despite winning multiple Emmys, suffered from low ratings and was canceled twice.
Taxi was produced by the John Charles Walters Company, in association with Paramount Network Television, and was created by James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, and Ed Weinberger.

Lou Grant (TV series)

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Brooks and Burns then created two successful spin-offs from Mary Tyler Moore in the shape of Rhoda (a comedy) and Lou Grant (a drama).
Lou Grant was created by The Mary Tyler Moore Show co-creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, along with Gene Reynolds.

My Mother the Car

After being laid off he met producer Allan Burns who secured him a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car.
Television producer James L. Brooks, who later collaborated with Burns on these series, created, among others, Room 222 and Taxi, and served as executive producer of The Simpsons (which later parodied the show in the "Lovematic Grandpa" segment of "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"), got his start in television sitcoms when he was called upon to rewrite a script for an episode of the series.

I'll Do Anything

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Although his 1994 work I'll Do Anything was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, As Good as It Gets (co-written with Mark Andrus) earned further praise.
I'll Do Anything is a 1994 American satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks.

Allan Burns

After being laid off he met producer Allan Burns who secured him a job as a writer on the series My Mother the Car.
Burns is best known for creating and writing for the television sitcom The Munsters as well as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, both of which he created and wrote for alongside James L. Brooks.

Gracie Films

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In 1984, Brooks founded the television and film company, Gracie Films.
Gracie Films is an American independent film and television production company created by James L. Brooks in 1986.

Spanglish (film)

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It was seven years until his next film, 2004's Spanglish.
Spanglish is a 2004 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks and starring Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, and Cloris Leachman.

Matt Groening

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He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989.
Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks.

The Simpsons

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He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks.

The Tracey Ullman Show

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Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of The Tracey Ullman Show.
The format was conceived by creator and executive producer James L. Brooks, who was looking to showcase the show's multitalented star.

The Simpsons Movie

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Brooks also co-produced and co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, The Simpsons Movie.
Eventually in 2001, producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Sakai and Mike Scully began development of the film, and a writing team consisting of Brooks, Groening, Jean, Scully, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder and Jon Vitti was assembled.

Grant Tinker

Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns at MTM Productions to create The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970.
Tinker hired Room 222 writers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns to create and produce the company's first television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Cameron Crowe

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Brooks also produced and mentored Cameron Crowe on Say Anything... (1989) and Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson on Bottle Rocket (1996).
Filmmaker James L. Brooks noticed Crowe's original voice and wanted to work with him.

John Charles Walters Company

Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 and formed the John Charles Walters Company along with David Davis, Stan Daniels and Ed Weinberger.
The John Charles Walters Company was a production company formed in 1978 by four former employees of MTM Enterprises: James L. Brooks, David Davis, Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger.

Mark Andrus

Although his 1994 work I'll Do Anything was hampered by negative press attention due to the cutting of all of its recorded musical numbers, As Good as It Gets (co-written with Mark Andrus) earned further praise.
Initially Kevin Kline, Ralph Fiennes, Holly Hunter, and producer Laura Ziskin expressed interest, but after a lot of meetings the project fell into limbo for three years until James L. Brooks became involved.

The Simpsons shorts

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He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989.
When producer James L. Brooks was working on the television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, he decided that he wanted to include short animated wraparounds before and after the commercial breaks.

North Bergen, New Jersey

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While growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing.
James L. Brooks (born 1940), television and film director.

Thursday's Game

With Mary Tyler Moore going strong, Brooks produced and wrote the TV film Thursday's Game, before creating the short-lived series Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers in 1974.
Thursday's Game (also known as The Berk) is a 1974 American made-for-television comedy film starring Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart, written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series

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The show was also critically acclaimed, twice winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and also a Peabody Award.

David Davis (TV producer)

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Brooks left MTM Productions in 1978 and formed the John Charles Walters Company along with David Davis, Stan Daniels and Ed Weinberger.
He is best known for work on the sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show, a series he co-created with Lorenzo Music, and Taxi, a series he co-created with James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger.