Joe Brandt (July 20, 1882 – February 22, 1939)[1] was an American publicist, screenwriter, editor, film producer, and general manager.

Joe Brandt
Joe Brandt (1913).jpg
Born(1882-07-20)July 20, 1882
Died(1939-02-22)February 22, 1939 (aged 56)
Years active1909–1936


After obtaining a law degree from New York University, Brandt spent seven years working for Hampton's Advertising Agency, then worked for Billboard, The Player, and the Dramatic Mirror.[2] In 1912, he was hired to be a member of Carl Laemmle's staff, a few months before Universal was founded.[3] Brandt was reported to have suggested renaming the National Board of Censorship to the National Board of Review,[4] and was one of the founding members of the Associated Motion Picture Advertisers.[5] In 1919, he left Universal and joined the National Film Corporation,[6] then in 1920 he left National and became one of the founding members of C. B. C. Film Sales,[7] which evolved into Columbia Pictures Corporation.

After leaving Columbia in 1932, Brandt worked briefly for several different firms before retiring in 1935 due to Follicular lymphoma. Brandt died of lymphoma on February 22, 1939. Brandt's son and grandson also worked in the film industry. Jerrold T. Brandt was a film producer, most notable for the production of the Scattergood Baines film series in the early 1940s,[8][9] and Jerrold T. Brandt, Jr., Joe Brandt's grandson, produced the 1979 film The Bell Jar.[10]


  1. ^ "Joe Brandt, Pioneer in Movie Industry: Former President of Columbia Pictures Dies on Coast". The New York Times. February 23, 1939.
  2. ^ "Personal Notes". Motography. February 1, 1913. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. ^ "Joe Brandt Goes With Laemmle". Moving Picture World. April 6, 1912. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. ^ "Joe Brandt Puts in Claim". Moving Picture World. April 22, 1916. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  5. ^ "Movie Ad Men in Association". The Fourth Estate. August 5, 1916. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  6. ^ "Editor's Note". The Editor. December 25, 1919. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  7. ^ "C. B. C. Film Sales: New Independent Organization Formed by Joe Brandt and Jack Cohn". Wid's Daily. August 11, 1920. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  8. ^ "Cinderella Swings It: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Admits Tardy Alimony". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. April 30, 1952. p. 12. Retrieved August 9, 2015 – via  
  10. ^ "The Bell Jar". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 30, 1979. p. 19. Retrieved August 9, 2015 – via  

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