Powerhouse television producer Brian Robbins’ casually sumptuous mansion in Los Angeles’ high-toned Brentwood community has come available for sale at a smidgen shy of $16.5 million. The prolific producer and founder of the popular YouTube channel Awesomeness TV, bought the property just over three years ago for not quite $13.2 million from “Peep Show” co-creator Andrew O’Connor. Obscured behind secured gates under the shade of old-growth sycamores on nearly half of an acre in the super-prime and frightfully pricey Brentwood...
Keenly attuned to the interests of tweens, teens and twentysomethings, Robbins spent a good chunk of his career producing content for kid-targeted cable outlets before moving online with digital network AwesomenessTV, reaching viewers traditional networks are most likely to lose to new, emerging technologies.
Robbins began his Hollywood career in the early 1980s and co-starred in the ABC sitcom “Head of the Class” before moving behind-the-scenes as a producer/director in the mid-1990s. Early hits included “Varsity Blues” and “Good Burger” on the big screen and “Kenan & Kel” and “All That” on TV.
Robbins worked both in tween TV and prime time (“Smallville,” “One Tree Hill”) and his biggest successes have come with content aimed at the youth market.
In 2012, Robbins co-founded AwesomenessTV, which began as a single YouTube channel but has expanded to a suite of dozens of channels and a producer of content across all platforms.
In 2013, DreamWorks Animation acquired AwesomenessTV for $33 million prior to DreamWorks being absorbed by NBCUniversal. Robbins continues to toggle between more traditional media properties (“The Royals” on E!) and online newcomers (YouTube star Tyler Oakley’s 2015 documentary “Snervous”).
Current AwesomenessTV projects include the second season of high school comedy “Foursome.”