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PETER BERG (Written by/Directed by/Produced by) has enjoyed success as a writer, director, producer and actor.

Berg made his feature film directorial debut (from his own original screenplay) on the 1998 cult favorite Very Bad Things, which starred Cameron Diaz, John Favreau and Christian Slater and earned kudos at the Deauville and San Sebastian film festivals. He went on to direct the actioner The Rundown, which starred Dwayne Johnson and Christopher Walken, and returned to the action genre with the war drama The Kingdom, which starred Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. In 2008, he directed the action hit Hancock, which starred Will Smith in the title role. He directed Battleship, which hit theaters worldwide in 2012. In 2007, Berg executive produced the offbeat independent comedy Lars and the Real Girl, which starred Ryan Gosling.

Berg is known for his fierce portrait of high school football in the 2004 film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's blistering best-seller "Friday Night Lights," which starred Billy Bob Thornton. The film's success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed television series of the same name, which aired for five seasons and garnered multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominations and wins. In addition to serving as the series' executive producer, Berg directed several episodes of the show, including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. As one of the series' writers, he also shared a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best New Series.

Berg was the creator/executive producer of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series On Freddie Roach. He executive produced the police procedural drama Prime Suspect, which starred Maria Bello, and the medical drama series Trauma, both for NBC. Berg previously created and executive produced the ABC drama series Wonderland, for which he also wrote and directed episodes. He got his start as a writer and director on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series Chicago Hope, on which he starred for three seasons as the brash, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.

As an actor, Berg's film work includes roles in Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs, with Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise; Smokin' Aces, for director Joe Carnahan; and Michael Mann's Collateral, with Cruise and Foxx. Berg's additional film acting credits include Cop Land, The Great White Hype, John Dahl's The Last Seduction, A Midnight Clear and Late for Dinner.

Berg, a New York native (and son of a naval historian) is developing several projects under his Film 44 banner. In December, HBO will premiere Berg's sports documentary series State of Play, which he executive produced and will serve as moderator for each episode's panel discussion. Next, Berg will executive produce and direct the pilot for the upcoming HBO series The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.

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