Brian Bird

Brian Bird is an American film and television writer and producer.[1][2][3] He is best known for his work on Touched by an Angel, Not Easily Broken, Jamaa, Captive and The Case for Christ.[4][5] He is also known as an executive producer and co-creator of the Hallmark Channel original series, When Calls the Heart.[6]

Brian Bird
OccupationWriter, producer
Years active1984 – present
Spouse(s)Patty Bird

Life and careerEdit

Brian was born in Kewanee, Illinois. He then attended California State University, Fullerton, graduating with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[7] Later, he worked for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, World Vision magazine and Christianity Today.[8][9] In 1984, He wrote his first TV Series, Fantasy Island.[10]

Brian is the co-founder, along with Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures.[11]


Year Title Contribution Note
1984 Fantasy Island Writer TV Series
1990-1991 The Family Man Writer TV Series
1992 Evening Shade Writer TV Series
1992 McGee and Me! Writer TV Series
1993 Bopha! Writer Feature film
1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Writer TV Movie
1993-1998 Step by Step Writer/Producer TV Series
2001 Water with Food Coloring Associate producer Short film
2001 Call Me Claus Writer TV Movie
1999-2003 Touched by an Angel Writer/Co-executive producer TV Series
2004 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Writer TV Series
2007 The Last Sin Eater Writer/Producer Feature film
2007 Saving Sarah Cain Writer/Producer Feature film
2007 Glue Boys Producer Documentary
2009 Not Easily Broken Writer/Producer Feature film
2011 The Shunning Executive producer TV Movie
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Writer TV Movie
2011 Jamaa Writer/Producer Short film
2013 The Confession Writer/Executive producer TV Movie
2013 The Ultimate Life Writer Feature film
2013 When Calls the Heart Executive producer TV Movie
2015 Captive Writer/Executive producer Feature film
2015 The Reckoning Writer/Executive producer TV Movie
2016 Godspeed: The Race Across America Executive producer Documentary
2017 The Case for Christ Writer/Co-producer Feature film
2019 The Heart of Man Executive producer Documentary
2019 When Hope Calls Executive producer TV Series
2014-2020 When Calls the Heart Writer/Executive producer TV Series


  • 2018 - When God Calls the Heart ISBN 978-1-4245560-6-9
  • 2018 - When God Calls the Heart at Christmas ISBN 978-1-4245572-8-8
  • 2019 - When God Calls the Heart to Love ISBN 978-1-4245580-4-9

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Work Ref.
2010 Nominated Black Reel Awards Outstanding Screenplay, Adapted or Original Not Easily Broken
2010 Won Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award Jamaa [12]
2014 Nominated GMA Dove Award Inspirational Film of the Year When Calls the Heart [13]
2016 Won Christopher Award Christopher Spirit Award When Calls the Heart [14]
2016 Won Telly Awards Entertainment The Reckoning [15]
2016 Won Telly Awards Spirituality The Reckoning


  1. ^ "Roads to faith: Writer/producer Brian Bird talks 'The Case for Christ' and 'When Calls the Heart'". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  2. ^ "Writer, Producer Brian Bird Teams With Inspiring Sports Film Based on Amazing True Story". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  3. ^ "Interview with "Case for Christ" Screenwriter Brian Bird". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  4. ^ "Producer Brian Bird ("Touched by an Angel") talks about bringing Beverly Lewis' best-selling "Lancaster County" trilogy to The Hallmark Channel". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  5. ^ "'Not Easily Broken' stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  6. ^ "'When Calls the Heart' executive producer Brian Bird updates fans on season 6 after Lori Loughlin scandal". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  7. ^ "The Case for Christ Screenwriter Brian Bird: "This is the Most Significant Film of My Career"". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  8. ^ ""When Calls the Heart's" Brian Bird on adoption, mercy, and meaningful storytelling". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  9. ^ "Pennies, Dimes, Dollars: World Vision Takes in Millions to Aid the Starving". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  10. ^ "Brian Bird – When Calls The Heart". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  11. ^ "'When Calls the Heart' Co-Creator Explains Why Series Is a Hit With Christian Audiences". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  12. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Announces 2010 Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  13. ^ "The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  14. ^ "Broadcaster Ernie Anastos & Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart" Win Special Christopher Awards". Retrieved 2020-07-27.

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