Brian Goldner

Brian David Goldner (April 21, 1963 – October 12, 2021) was an American business chief executive and film producer. He was the chief executive officer of the American toy and media company Hasbro from 2008 until his death.

Brian Goldner
Born(1963-04-21)April 21, 1963
DiedOctober 12, 2021(2021-10-12) (aged 58)
EducationHuntington High School
Alma materDartmouth College
Spouse(s)Barbara Goldner

Early life

Goldner was born in Huntington, New York, on April 21, 1963.[1][2] 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 disc jockey.[3]


Goldner began his career as a marketing assistant at a healthcare firm in Long Island in 1985. In 1997, Goldner was set to head JWT's entertainment accountant division, but he was lured away by Bandai.[3]

Goldner was working at Hasbro's Tiger Electronics unit in 2000, after the company had lost 5,000 jobs.[4] By 2003, the company recovered on the stock market, and in 2008 Goldner became Hasbro's chief operating officer.[5]

He served as executive producer on the successful 2007 Transformers film adaptation, which was credited with broadening Hasbro into a character-based multimedia company. He continued this role on the 2009 films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.[3]

Goldner compared the move of these characters to cinema during his tenure to the way they had expanded from mere adverts to television series in the 1980s. In 2012, Goldner's pay package was estimated to be around $9.68 million.[6] In 2008, the year of his promotion, Goldner was named CEO of the year by[7]

Personal life

Goldner married Barbara, a social worker.[8] The couple had a daughter and a son, Brandon, who died in 2015.[8] In 2017, a park playground in Providence, Rhode Island, was renamed "Brandon's beach".[9]

In August 2020, Goldner disclosed that he had prostate cancer and had been receiving treatment for this condition since 2014.[10] He took an immediate leave of absence as CEO of Hasbro for medical reasons on October 10, 2021, and died two days later, at his home in Barrington, Rhode Island, at age 58.[2][11]


As a producer

As an executive producer


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  8. ^ a b Arditi, Lynn (March 9, 2016). "Overdose Epidemic: Hasbro CEO, wife say R.I. Hospital failed their son". Providence Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Miller, G. Wayne (May 11, 2017). "'Brandon's Beach' honors late son of Barbara and Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO". Providence Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Innocenzio, Anne (October 12, 2021). "Brian Goldner, who led transformation a Hasbro, dies at 58". AP NEWS. Retrieved October 13, 2021. Hasbro did not give a cause of death, but Goldner disclosed in August 2020 that he had been undergoing treatment for cancer since 2014.
  11. ^ "Hasbro Announces the Passing of Beloved Leader and Longtime Chairman & CEO Brian D. Goldner". October 12, 2021.
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  16. ^ Perone, James E. (July 14, 2017). The Words and Music of Taylor Swift. ABC-CLIO. p. 110. ISBN 9781440852954.
  17. ^ Lowry, Brian (November 10, 2011). "Clue". Variety. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "Brian Goldner List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2021.

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