Monty Berman

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Monty Berman
Born Nestor Montague Berman
(1905-03-26)26 March 1905
Whitechapel, London, England, United Kingdom
Died 14 June 2006(2006-06-14) (aged 101)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Producer
Cinematographer
Camera operator
Director

Nestor Montague "Monty" Berman (26 March 1905 in Whitechapel, London, England [1] - 14 June 2006 in London, England) was a British cinematographer and film and television producer.

Early career[edit]

Berman began his film career as a camera assistant at Twickenham Film Studios when he was 17. He became a camera operator in 1934, working for the Associated British Picture Corporation at Teddington Studios, and later for the comedy producers Ealing Studios.[2]

When World War II came, Berman was allowed to continue his craft in an army film unit. There, he met and befriended Robert S. Baker, with whom he would go on to form a lifelong business partnership.

In 1948, they founded Tempean Films, which produced more than 30 B-movies in the 1950s. In 1962, Berman and Baker obtained the television rights to Leslie Charteris's The Saint.[3]

Unable to sell the rights to Associated-Rediffusion, then Britain's largest commercial television company, Berman turned to Lew Grade's ITC.[2] This company was at that time a sister company to ATV, and had access to important export markets.[4] This allowed The Saint to do well in both Britain and in other markets.[5]

Work with Dennis Spooner[edit]

Berman created more ITC productions, starting with The Baron, which led to a partnership with Dennis Spooner, one of the show's writers. By 1967, they had launched a production company, then created The Champions, Department S, its spin-off Jason King, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and The Adventurer.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Academy of Film and Television Arts Retrieved on 14 June 2008
  2. ^ a b Vallance, David (2006-08-04). "Monty Berman". The Independent (subscription required) (Independent News and Media). pp. 42–43. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  3. ^ Gaughan, Gavin (2006-08-14). "Monty Berman". GuardianUnlimited: Film. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  4. ^ Brockman, David (Undated). "The Forgotten ATV". Television House: The Widespread World of Rediffusion. Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  5. ^ Bodenheimer, Dan (2004). "The Saint on TV". The Saintly Bible. The Saint Club. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  6. ^ Internet Movie Database entry for Monty Berman, accessed 20 August 2006

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