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THE KINGDOM

PETER BERG (Directed by) is a prolific talent with a taste for challenging, compelling material, whether as a writer, director, producer or actor. He made his feature directorial debut with the cult favorite Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau and Christian Slater. Berg went on to direct the action hit The Rundown, starring The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken, and the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights, which starred Billy Bob Thornton and was based on the best-selling novel by H.G. Bissinger about Texas football. The latter film was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year and was named one of the top 10 films of 2004 by David Ansen of Newsweek. Berg will follow up The Kingdom with the epic-scale feature Hancock, starring Will Smith as a superhero in an existential crisis. The film began shooting in May of this year.

Film 44, Berg and producing partner Sarah Aubrey's Universal Pictures-based development/production company, developed and is producing The Kingdom, and is developing several additional features for Universal and other studios. Film 44 also actively produces for television. Its first project was the critically hailed hourlong NBC drama Friday Night Lights, based on the film and book. Film 44 is also developing Deadline, a one-hour dramatic thriller told in reverse time, for NBC. The company has several additional titles in active development.

For television, Berg previously created, wrote, produced and directed the ABC drama series Wonderland. Berg also wrote and directed episodes of David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series Chicago Hope, in which he also starred for three seasons. He made an indelible impression as a cocky hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk, on the medical drama. Most recently, he was seen in a recurring role on the ABC action series Alias.

As an actor, Berg gained considerable notice for his starring role opposite Linda Fiorentino in John Dahl's neo-noir The Last Seduction. He won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a naive local who falls for the dubious charms of Fiorentino's femme fatale. Most recently, he was seen in Michael Mann's Collateral, with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, and director Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, for Universal Pictures. Other notable acting film credits include James Mangold's independent drama Cop Land, with Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel; The Great White Hype, opposite Samuel L. Jackson; Spike Lee's Girl 6; Wes Craven's Shocker; Late for Dinner, with Marcia Gay Harden; Keith Gordon's A Midnight Clear; and Fire in the Sky.

Berg's interest in performing was inspired as a child, attending Broadway plays with his parents twice a month. He studied theater at Macalester College in Minneapolis, where he appeared in several theatrical productions, including Flibbertygibbet and Tartuffe.

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