Armyan Bernstein

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Armyan Bernstein
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Bernstein in 2007
OccupationFilm producer, screenwriter, film director

Armyan Bernstein is an American film producer, director and screenwriter.[1] He is the co-founder and chairman of film company Beacon Pictures.[2]


Bernstein has produced, executive produced, written or directed more than 40 films, including Air Force One, The Hurricane (which he also co-wrote), Spy Game , The Family Man, The Guardian, Children of Men, the Dawn of the Dead remake, Bring It On, Open Range, Thirteen Days, A Lot Like Love, Firewall and End of Days. Films he has produced via Beacon Pictures include Ladder 49, Raising Helen, For Love of the Game and The Water Horse.

In television, Bernstein was the Executive Producer of the TNT series Agent X and the ABC series Castle, created by Andrew Marlowe, who wrote Air Force One and End of Days for Beacon.

Bernstein also produced the Broadway musical Bring It On, which was nominated for a Tony for Best Musical.

Bernstein has received many awards including being honored as Showest Producer of the Year, and winning the USC Scripter Award for his screenplay for The Hurricane.[citation needed]

He is also the founder and Chairman of the upcoming sports league, The People’s Games.

Bernstein founded Beacon Communications in 1990 with his college fraternity brother, Tom Rosenberg, who now has his own successful film company, Lakeshore Entertainment, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture for Million Dollar Baby.

Bernstein was also a partner with Charlie Lyons and the Ascent Entertainment Group which owned the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, On-Command and Spectravision.

Other films produced by Bernstein and Beacon Pictures include The Commitments, A Midnight Clear, A Thousand Acres, Sugar Hill, Playing God, Princess Caraboo, The Road to Wellville and A Life in the Theatre, which won a cable ACE Award for Best Drama.[citation needed]

Armyan was born and raised in Chicago, and attended the University of Wisconsin. He was a broadcast journalist with PBS and then with ABC. He wrote the disco film Thank God It's Friday. He then wrote and co-produced Francis Ford Coppola’s One from the Heart. Bernstein made his directing debut with Windy City, from his screenplay, which starred John Shea and Kate Capshaw. He also co-wrote and directed Cross My Heart, starring Martin Short and Annette O’Toole. He also wrote and produced ABC’s Emmy Award–winning The Earth Day Special.[citation needed]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1976 Family No Yes No Television series (episode "Monday Is Forever")
1978 Thank God It's Friday No Yes No
1981 One from the Heart No Yes Co-Producer
1984 Windy City Yes Yes No Directorial debut
1987 Cross My Heart Yes Yes No
1990 The Earth Day Special No Yes Executive Television special
1999 The Hurricane No Yes Yes
2003 Naked Hotel No Yes Yes Television film
2017 Grey Lady No Story Yes
(Executive) Producer only
Year Title Executive
Producer Notes
1988 Satisfaction Yes No
1991 The Commitments Yes No
1992 A Midnight Clear Yes No
1993 Sugar Hill Yes No
1994 Princess Caraboo Yes No
The Road to Wellville No Yes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Yes No
1996 364 Girls a Year No Yes
1997 Air Force One No Yes
A Thousand Acres Yes No
Playing God Yes No
1998 Disturbing Behavior No Yes
1999 For Love of the Game No Yes
End of Days No Yes
2000 Bring It On Yes No
The Family Man Yes No
Thirteen Days No Yes
2001 Spy Game Yes No
2002 Tuck Everlasting Yes No
The Emperor's Club Yes No
2003 Open Range Yes No
2004 Bring It On: Again Yes No Direct-to-video film
Dawn of the Dead Yes No
Ladder 49 Yes No
2005 A Lot Like Love No Yes
2006 Firewall No Yes
Bring It On: All or Nothing Yes No Direct-to-video film
Children of Men Yes No
Pu-239 Yes No
The Guardian Yes No
Let's Go to Prison Yes No
2007 Bring It On: In It to Win It Yes No Direct-to-video film
2008 Ny-Lon Yes No Television film
2009 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish Yes No Direct-to-video film
2009-2016 Castle Yes No Television series (171 episodes)
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break No Yes Limited release
2015 Agent X Yes No Television series (9 episodes)
2017 Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack Yes No Direct-to-video film
Dreadspace Yes No Short film


  1. ^ "Armyan Bernstein". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Beacon Pictures". Beacon Pictures. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.

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