About Us

We are entertainment industry professionals who endeavor to create a positive and lasting shift in the entertainment industry by training and mentoring young professionals who value truth, integrity, and creativity in an adaptive and practical environment. 

We want to display a model of leadership in the industry that is based on character, values creativity, and delivers content that breaks the mold of typical entertainment business paradigms. We want the art created by those we foster to be innovative, inspirational, and up-lifting.  


Barry Landis

Executive Director, The Briner Institute



Barry Landis

Barry Landis is a partner and agent in The Working Title Agency, a Nashville based company specializing in product development and marketing for Christian creatives in the movie, music and book publishing world.  He was formerly Vice President and Associate Publisher of Simon and Schuster/Howard Books where he was instrumental in launching a series of books from the hit A&E TV show, Duck Dynasty, as well as working with New York Times best-selling authors Dave Ramsey.  A long standing member of the Nashville entertainment community, he was President of Word/Curb Records 2002-2005 and re-established one of the world’s leading country music artists, Randy Travis, with the CMA and CMT “Song of The Year” in 2003, Three Wooden Crosses.   He signed Mute Math to Word/Warner Bros Records, developed POD into a multi-platinum selling band at Atlantic Records and signed a joint venture with super producer David Foster at 143 Records (Plus One).  

During his career, his marketing strategies have been responsible for the sale of more than $100 million dollars worth of books, music, home videos and theatrical tickets.  His movie resume includes marketing several feature length films as well as providing music supervision services to the film community. In 2011, Landis was a finalist for the post of Tennessee Film, Music and Entertainment Commissioner.  He served on the board of the Nashville Chapter of NARAS (Grammys) from 2003-2012, and has more than 25 Gold and Platinum sales awards from artists with whom he has worked. Named by Radio/Retail Weekly Magazine one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in America, he recently established the Nashville Faith in Film Breakfast Club, which meets monthly at Provident Music Group.


Trent Dean

Managing Director, The Briner Institute


Trent Dean

Trent Dean has worked in the music industry for over 25 years. He has served as Adjunct Professor for Belmont University / Mike Curb School of Entertainment & Music Business, as well as Instructor of Artist Management for Musicians Institute - Hollywood.

 As a drummer, keyboardist, and percussionist; he has recorded with Billy Preston, Jeff Porcaro, and Jimmy Iovine; performed on tours for artists such as Judson Spence and Michael W. Smith; and appeared in numerous MTV videos. Trent was signed to Sony Music as a songwriter, and as an artist to EMI /Chrysalis Records.

As founding Director of Nashville’s renowned venue Rocketown, Trent presented artists Jars of Clay, and Sixpence None the Richer, prior to their platinum-selling hits. As A&R Director for Reunion/Zomba Records, VP of A&R for indie-label Gravity Records, and subsequent role as an artist manager, he worked alongside numerous Grammy-winning artists and producers.

Trent has produced music for shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, including a Top-20 Billboard Dance chart remix for No Doubt. As a DJ, he has spun for Hollywood elite, including over 5 years of private events for pop-superstar Gwen Stefani.

Trent Dean Entertainment has provided artist development, management, and unique resources for developing artists, as utilized by The Daylights on tours with One Republic, and Katy Perry.