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
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
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
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