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Creator, Executive Producer & Entrepreneur

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Bryan Kestner’s Biography

Bryan Kestner is an influential entrepreneur who created Planet Hollywood in his early 20s while working as an actor. As a seasoned television producer with a decade of experience creating original ideas in Hollywood, Kestner has established himself as a visionary who conceptualized the ideas behind Planet Hollywood and the popular reality television series Southern Charm.

Early in his career, Kestner pitched the original idea for Planet Hollywood, which was the inception for the well-known franchise. At its height, the restaurant-casino chain had over 80 locations around the world. Kestner has been interviewed by several leading publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire and Spy Magazine, in which he discussed his instrumental role in Planet Hollywood and his success as a creator and executive producer in television.

Most recently, Kestner has worked as a producer for Southern Charm, a long-running franchise on Bravo that follows the lives of Charleston, South Carolina’s most influential socialites. Since its debut in 2014, Southern Charm has received critical praise and garnered...
Bryan Kestner is an influential entrepreneur who created Planet Hollywood in his early 20s while working as an actor. As a seasoned television producer with a decade of experience creating original ideas in Hollywood, Kestner has established himself as a visionary who conceptualized the ideas behind Planet Hollywood and the popular reality television series Southern Charm.

Early in his career, Kestner pitched the original idea for Planet Hollywood, which was the inception for the well-known franchise. At its height, the restaurant-casino chain had over 80 locations around the world. Kestner has been interviewed by several leading publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire and Spy Magazine, in which he discussed his instrumental role in Planet Hollywood and his success as a creator and executive producer in television.

Most recently, Kestner has worked as a producer for Southern Charm, a long-running franchise on Bravo that follows the lives of Charleston, South Carolina’s most influential socialites. Since its debut in 2014, Southern Charm has received critical praise and garnered millions of followers, leading to its immense success receiving a top 10 program rating over several years. The success of the original series has led to the creation of several popular spin-offs, including Southern Charm Savannah and Southern Charm New Orleans, of which Kestner is an Executive Producer.

Outside of his professional work, Kestner is a passionate athlete. In 2000, the Virginia-native was named Club Champ in golf at the Bel-Air Country Club, and he previously earned a college basketball scholarship.

As a result of his success, Kestner is sought-after for new creative concepts and is involved in the production of projects for major networks. Inspired to create unique entertainment that would transcend boundaries and expectations, Kestner always has his finger on the pulse for the next best creative concept.
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Esquire
The Rise and Fall of Planet Hollywood

This in-depth piece by Kate Storey for Esquire looks at the popular Hollywood-themed franchise’s fascinating history – from brainchild of youthful Bryan Kestner to its soaring heights in the 1990s and its eventual decline.

Bryan Kestner’s Background

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Creator, Executive Producer & Entrepreneur
Hollywood, FL, USA
A successful television creator and executive producer, Bryan Kestner has dedicated his career to bringing first class reality television entertainment to audiences across the globe. He has tirelessly worked with top talent and networks to bring his creative vision to light and is always open to commercial opportunities with like-minded creatives.

Other Business Interests

Bryan Kestner – IMDB
Filmography
Hollywood, FL, USA
Bryan started his Hollywood career in the late 1980s as an actor in films including Fire Birds, The Monster Squard, The Running Man, In Dark Places, The Last Outlaws and Popular before transitioning to a career behind the screen as a producer and creator.

Media

The Last Outlaws
Actor
2000
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bryan plays a significant role in 'The Last Outlaws,' a short about four outlaws who arrive at their hideout with a bag full of cash only to discover that one of them has been shot.
Fire Birds
Actor
1990
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bryan played a support role in the 2000 Action Adventure film 'Fire Birds' which starred Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones.
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Features

The Rise and Fall of Planet Hollywood
Mentioned
Jun 2021
New York, NY, USA
Bryan is featured in an article about the history of the Planet Hollywood franchise for which he is credited for coming up with the franchise's original concept.
The School of Hard Rocks: Disney and Universal's Theme Restaurant Stalemate
Mentioned
Jul 2020
Little London, UK
In this fascinating look at the rivalry between two phenomenally popular restaurant chains, Bryan is mention for his role as the ideas man behind the Planet Hollywood franchise.
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Memberships

Bel-Air Country Club
Member
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Bel-Air Country Club is a social club in Los Angeles, California. It boasts an 18-hole golf course as well as tennis courts. It is also featured on several well-known golf tours and is rostered on the US Golf Association schedule.

Commercial Partners

Southern Charm – Television Series
Creator and Executive Producer
2014 - Present
Charleston, SC, USA
Southern Charm is an ongoing Bravo reality television show that premiered on March 3, 2014. It follows seven socialites from Charleston, South Carolina, giving an in-depth look at their personal and professional lives while exploring the region's Southern culture and political history.
Southern Charm Savannah – Television Series
Executive Producer
May 2017 - Present
Savannah, GA, USA
The reality television series Southern Charm Savannah is the second instalment of the Southern Charm reality television franchise.
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Press Releases

Bravo Renews & Expands ‘Southern Charm’, Sets More ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ & ‘Million Dollar Listing New York’
Mentioned
Oct 2016
Hollywood, SC, USA
Along with the news that Southern Charm is set to renew, Deadline reports that Bravo has greenlit a spinoff series for the popular reality show: Southern Charm Savannah.