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.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures