Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
GREG BASSER (Executive Producer) is Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, one of the world’s leading independent global feature film entertainment companies. Village Roadshow Entertainment Group consists of Village Roadshow Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia.
Basser joined Village Roadshow Limited as Director, Commercial & Legal in 1999 and was appointed Group Executive in Charge of Production in 2001, where he was responsible for all film production activities of Village Roadshow Limited as well as all business and legal affairs. During this time he was also responsible for the establishment of the Golden Village and Warner Village cinema circuits in Asia and for International Theme Parks at Village Roadshow Limited.
Prior to joining Village Roadshow Limited, Basser was the managing partner and head of the media and entertainment group at Thomson Geer (previously Herbert, Geer & Rundle), where he extensively represented Village Roadshow Limited. Basser helped guide the public listing of Village Roadshow Limited in 1988 and was also instrumental in the establishment in 1997 of Village Roadshow Picture Group and its production finance facility.
Basser relocated from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles in 2006, as CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Group and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures
BRUCE BERMAN is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has successful joint partnerships with Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures, with all films distributed in select territories around the world by affiliates in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and in all other territories by Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures, respectively.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has executive produced recent hits such as George Miller‘s “Mad Max: Fury Road“; “San Andreas” starring Dwayne Johnson; director Clint Eastwood‘s Oscar® nominated “American Sniper”; and “The Lego Movie,” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Berman’s upcoming credits include Ron Howard’s action-adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” based on the Nathaniel Philbrick bestselling book about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex; “Concussion” a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE; and the spy comedy “Grimsby“ starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
Berman has served as executive producer on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”; director Guy Ritchie’s hit action-adventure “Sherlock Holmes,” starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law and its sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”; the acclaimed drama “Gran Torino,” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; “The Matrix” trilogy; Eastwood‘s “Mystic River” starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar® winning performances; the “Ocean’s” series; and “Training Day,” for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar®.
Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978 and worked his way up to a production Vice President at Universal Pictures in 1982.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989, and in 1991 was named to the post of President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, which he held through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as “Presumed Innocent,” “Goodfellas,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” the Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Batman Forever,” “Under Siege,” “Malcolm X,” “The Bodyguard,” “JFK,” “The Fugitive,” “Dave,” “Disclosure,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Outbreak,” “The Client,” “A Time to Kill,” and “Twister.”
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company based at Warner Bros. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia
ELLEN ELIASOPH is the President and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia (VREGA). Ms. Eliasoph leads VREGA in its business of identifying, developing, financing, producing, marketing and distributing Chinese language feature films which are filmed principally in the Chinese language and widely distributed in Mainland China and other Greater China markets. Ms. Eliasoph joined VREGA in 2011 after working in the Asia film entertainment sector for two decades.
Key releases under the Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) banner during Ms. Eliasoph’s tenure have included 2013 record breakers Stephen Chow’s “Journey to the West”（西游降魔篇), Leste Chen’s “Say Yes!” (101次求婚), and most recently “Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal”(钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵), which released during Chinese New Year 2015. Upcoming films include “Mountain Cry” (喊山), which will soon make its worldwide debut, as well as “Hide and Seek” (捉迷藏) and “My Other Home” (纽约人在北京) both of which will begin filming in the second or third quarter of 2016.
Ms. Eliasoph became the first China-based Hollywood executive when she established Warner Bros.’ Beijing office in 1993. She imported “The Fugitive” to China as the first Hollywood revenue-sharing film. Through Warner Bros., Ms. Eliasoph arranged the China releases of the “Matrix” and “Harry Potter” franchises and managed several co-productions, including “Turn Left, Turn Right,” “The Painted Veil,” “Crazy Stone” and “Crazy Racer.” In the course of over two decades of working in China’s film industry, Ms. Eliasoph has founded the creation of the deal structures by which Sino-foreign co-productions are developed, produced and exploited. She has also pioneered the introduction to China of many of the global film industry’s proven business models and practices in the areas of film financing, production management, marketing, distribution and exhibition.
Ms. Eliasoph is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and is qualified to practice law in California. Ms. Eliasoph first came to China in 1979 as part of the initial group of American students to study in China following normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.