Brian Koppelman is an American filmmaker, essayist, podcaster, TV series creator, former music business executive, and record producer. He is known for his films Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen, and Solitary Man, and for creating the Showtime television series Billions.
Koppelman was born on June 6, 1966, in New York City. He is the son of Leslie and Arthur Koppelman. His father is the former CEO of the shoe and clothing company Coach. Koppelman attended Tufts University, where he studied economics and graduated in 1988.
Koppelman began his music business career as an A&R executive and record producer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has worked with a variety of artists, including the Beastie Boys, Paul Westerberg, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. He subsequently moved into writing, essay, and filmmaking.
Koppelman co-wrote the 1998 film Rounders and co-wrote and directed the 2009 film Solitary Man. He has also written and directed a number of other films, including Knockaround Guys (2001) and The Opponent (2000). He wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film Ocean's Thirteen.
Koppelman also wrote the book The Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality (2013). He has also written essays for The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Koppelman created the Showtime television series Billions, which premiered in 2016 and is currently in its fifth season. He also co-created the podcast The Moment with Brian Koppelman and co-hosts it with his film and TV writing partner David Levien.
Koppelman is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.