Brad Simpson
Alma materBrown University
Occupation(s)Film and TV producer
Color Force partner slay
Notable workDiary of a Wimpy Kid
American Crime Story
Crazy Rich Asians

Bradford Simpson is an American film and television producer and partner at Los Angeles-based film studio Color Force.[1]

Life and career

Simpson grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Brown University.[2]

He began his career at Killer Films, where he served as an executive and a producer.[3] At Killer Films he co-produced Far from Heaven, Party Monster and A Home at the End of the World, and served as associate producer on Boys Don't Cry and Camp.[3] He was also involved with independent films such as Velvet Goldmine, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness, and One Hour Photo.[3]

From 2004 to 2007, Simpson served as President of Appian Way Productions, Leonardo DiCaprio's Warner Bros-based production company.[4]

Simpson served as executive producer of Marc Forster's films Machine Gun Preacher in 2011 and World War Z in 2013.[1][5] He also produced Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days along with future producing partner, Nina Jacobson.[6]

Color Force

In 2012, he joined Color Force as a partner.[1] Later that year, Simpson and Nina Jacobson signed a first-look deal with FX Productions for original programs.[7]

In 2016, FX aired The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, produced by Color Force.[8] Simpson won an Emmy Award for his work on the series the same year, as well as a Golden Globe.[9][10] Simpson also won a BAFTA, a Critics' Choice award, a TCA award, and a Producers Guild of America award.[11][12][13][14]

In 2016, FX Productions signed Simpson and Jacobson to an exclusive production deal for original programming.[15]

In 2018, Simpson produced the second American Crime Story series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.[16] For his work on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Simpson received an Emmy award, a Golden Globe award, a Critics' Choice award, a TCA award, and a Producers Guild award.[16][17][18][19][20] The same year, Simpson served as an executive producer on the FX series Pose.[21]

Simpson produced Crazy Rich Asians and Ben Is Back with Jacobson in 2018.[22][21][23]

He executive produced Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019).[24] Simpson is executive producing The Goldfinch, an adaptation of Donna Tart's novel of the same name,[25] and will serve as one of the executive producers on the television adaptation of Y: The Last Man for FX.[26]


He was producer for all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1999 Boys Don't Cry Associate producer
2002 Far from Heaven Co-producer
2003 Party Monster
Camp Associate producer
2004 A Home at the End of the World Co-producer
2007 Gardener of Eden
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Machine Gun Preacher Executive producer
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Disconnect Executive producer
2013 World War Z Executive producer
2014 Electric Slide Executive producer
2017 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
2018 Come Sunday Executive producer
Crazy Rich Asians
Ben Is Back
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The Goldfinch
2020 All Day and a Night
2023 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
TBA China Rich Girlfriend
Rich People Problems
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
1995 The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love Promotion coordinator
1997 Kiss Me, Guido Production assistant: Additional unit
1998 Velvet Goldmine Assistant production executive: Killer Films
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Head of development: Killer Films
Series 7: The Contenders Director of development: Killer Films
The Grey Zone Head of development: Killer Films
Year Film Role
2001 Chelsea Walls Special thanks
2017 Band Aid The producers wish to thank


Year Title Credit Notes
2016 Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story Executive producer Documentary
The Infamous Executive producer Television pilot
2018−21 Pose Executive producer
2021 Y: The Last Man Executive producer
2016−21 American Crime Story Executive producer
2023 Class of '09 Executive producer
TBA The Sterling Affairs Executive producer


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  2. ^ Kozlowski, Carl (February 17, 2005). "Far from New York". Arkansas Times. Arkansas Times. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Brad Simpson Biography". Brown University. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (February 28, 2012). "Brad Simpson joins Color Force". Variety. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 7, 2010). "Gerard Butler's 'Machine Gun Preacher' Gets Start; Michelle Monaghan To Play Wife". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Brad Simpson". FX Networks. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 8, 2012). "Nina Jacobson Inks First-Look Deal With FX Prods". Deadline. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Thompson, Anne (August 1, 2016). "How 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Producers Made the Switch from Film to Anthology TV". Indie Wire. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 22, 2016). "'People v. O.J. Simpson' Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson Ink Overall TV Deal With FX Productions". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Calvario, Liz (January 8, 2017). "'The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story' Wins Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Television Film". Indie Wire. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "International - THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY". BAFTA. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Winfrey, Graham (November 14, 2016). "Critics' Choice TV Awards: HBO Leads With 22 Nominations". IndieWire. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "PGA 2017 Winners". Producers Guild of America. February 10, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Dowling, Amber (August 6, 2016). "'People v. O.J. Simpson,' 'Mr. Robot' Lead TCA Awards". The Wrap. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson Ink Exclusive Overall TV Production Deal with FX Productions". Broadway World. September 23, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Huver, Scott (August 3, 2018). "Emmys: 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Producers on "Being Respectful" to Victims". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (January 6, 2019). "Golden Globes: 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Producer Urges Representation, Resistance". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  18. ^ Thompson, Anne (January 14, 2019). "Critics' Choice Winners 'Roma,' 'Vice,' and 'A Star Is Born' Advance in Oscar Race". IndieWire. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Nolfi, Joey (January 20, 2019). "2019 Producers Guild of America Awards cement Green Book as Oscar frontrunner". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  20. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (August 4, 2018). "TCA Awards: The Americans, Killing Eve, The Good Place Among 2018 Winners". TV Line. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Gardner, Chris (August 18, 2018). "'Crazy Rich Asians' Producers Talk Challenging "Whiteness" in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (August 6, 2013). "'Hunger Games' Producer Developing 'Crazy Rich Asians' Movie". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  23. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (July 9, 2018). "Julia Roberts-Lucas Hedges Drug Addiction Drama 'Ben Is Back' Nabbed by Roadside". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (January 17, 2019). "Cate Blanchett's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Moved Back to August". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  25. ^ Kit, Borys (January 10, 2018). "Luke Wilson Joins Ansel Elgort in 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  26. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 4, 2019). "'Y: The Last Man' Adaptation Ordered to Series at FX". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2019.