PETER BERG [Director] 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 both the Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals. He went on
to direct the
actioner "The Rundown" starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Christopher Walken,
returned to the action genre with the war drama "The Kingdom," which starred
Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. In 2009, he directed the action hit "Hancock,"
Smith in the title role as well as Executive Produced the offbeat independent
comedy, "Lars and
the Real Girl," starring Ryan Gosling.
Berg is also known for his fierce portrait of high school football in the
2004 film adaptation of
H.G. Bissinger's blistering bestseller, "Friday Night Lights," which toplined
Billy Bob Thornton. The
film's success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed TV Series of
the same name,
which aired for five seasons and garnered multiple Emmy nominations and wins. In
serving as the series' executive producer, Berg also directed several episodes
of the show,
including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned an Emmy nomination as Best
Director. As one of
the series' writers, he also shared a Writers Guild nomination for Best New
Berg was the Creator/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed HBO
"ON Freddie Roach." He Executive Produced NBC's police procedural drama "Prime
which starred Maria Bello and executive produced the medical drama series,
previously created and executive produced the ABC drama series "Wonderland," for
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 recent film work includes roles in Robert Redford's
"Lions for Lambs," with
Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise; "Smokin' Aces," for director Joe Carnahan;
Mann's "Collateral," with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Additional film acting
credits include "Cop
Land," "The Great White Hype," John Dahl's "The Last Seduction," "A Midnight
Clear" and "Late
In addition to directing the 2012 sea adventure "Battleship," the New York
Native (and son of a
Naval historian) has also developed several projects under his Film 44 banner.
He closed 2013
with the release of "Lone Survivor," the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's
tale of an ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan that killed Luttrell's three
comrades and nearly cost him his own life. Pete wrote, directed and produced the
was met with critical acclaim, earning Pete a WGA Award nomination for Best
That same year, HBO premiered his sports documentary series "State of Play,"
Executive Produced under his Film 45 banner and served as moderator for each
discussion. In continuing his work with HBO, Berg Executive Produced and
directed the pilot
episode for HBO series "The Leftovers," starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.
He continues to
Executive Produce the series, which is now heading into its third season on HBO.
Pete also serves
as an Executive Producer on the HBO series' "Ballers," which stars Dwayne 'The
and premieres its second season next year as well.
Pete's current films include "Deepwater Horizon," based on the 2010 Deepwater
explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The film, which will be released September
30th, stars Mark
Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Gina Rodriguez. He also
"Patriots Day," based on the 203 Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath this
The film also stars Mark Wahlberg. Pete is in development for a documentary on
he will be directing and producing.
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