Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has executive produced recent hits such as as Clint Eastwood’s Sully, starring Tom Hanks; George Miller‘s Oscar winning 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 has served as executive producer on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio; 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 Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; Eastwood‘s Mystic River starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar winning performances; the Ocean’s trilogy, with all-star casts led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt and directed by Steven Soderbergh; and Training Day, for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar.
The initial slate of films under the partnership with Warner Bros. included such hits as Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Analyze This, teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; Three Kings, starring Clooney; Space Cowboys, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and Miss Congeniality, starring Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Berman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1975 with a degree in United States History, after previously attending Cal Arts Film School and Bennington College. He 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 with Peter Guber at Casablanca Films in 1978. He then worked his way up to a production Vice President at Universal Pictures in 1982, where he supervised John Hughes’ first two films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
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 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