Brian Goldner


October 25, 2021

Brian David Goldner (April 21, 1963 - October 12, 2021) [1] was an American film producer and business executive. He was the CEO of the American toy and media company Hasbro until his death.


He was born on April 21, 1963. He attended Huntington High School and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he majored in politics. There he practiced public speaking and was also a radio DJ. [2]

Professional career

Goldner began his career as a marketing assistant at a Long Island healthcare company in 1985. In 1997, Goldner was in charge of 'JWT's entertainment accountants division. He worked at Hasbro's Tiger Electronics unit in 2000, after the company lost 5,000 jobs. In 2003, the company rebounded on the stock market and in 2008 Goldner became Hasbro's chief operating officer. He served as an executive producer on the successful 2007 film adaptation of Transformers, which was credited with expanding Hasbro into a character-based multimedia company. He continued this role in the 2009 films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Goldner compared these characters' move to film during his tenure to how they had expanded from mere commercials to television series in the 1980s. In 2012, Goldner's salary package was estimated at about $ 9.68 million. [3] In 2008, the year he was promoted, Goldner was named CEO of the year by [4]

Personal life

He married Barbara, a social worker. The couple had a daughter and son named Brandon, who passed away in 2015. In 2017, a playground in Providence, Rhode Island, was renamed "Brandon Beach." [5] Goldner took immediate leave as CEO of Hasbro for medical reasons on October 10, 2021. He died two days later, on October 12, at the age of 58. [6]


External links

Brian Goldner at the Internet Movie Database.

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