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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