Gail Berman (born August 17, 1956) is co-owner and founding partner of The Jackal Group, a production entity formed in partnership with Fox Networks Group. The Jackal Group develops and produces scripted, unscripted and factual entertainment programming for FNG’s channels, including Fox Broadcasting Company, FX/FXX, the National Geographic Channels, and Fox International Channels. The partnership also provides for opportunities in digital and film, as well as for non-21st Century Fox distribution entities.
Early life and education
Berman was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn but the family soon moved to Bellmore, New York where she was raised. In 1974, she graduated from Abington High School and and in 1978, she graduated with a B.A. in theater from the University of Maryland.
Prior to The Jackal Group, Berman spent seven years as co-founder and co-owner of the media company BermanBraun, which was an innovator in the digital arena, creating and operating successful online brands in categories including celebrity, entertainment and lifestyle. The company's properties have also included numerous successful reality and scripted programs, and live-action and animated projects.
Prior to BermanBraun, Berman was the first and only female executive to hold the top posts at both a major film studio and television network.
Berman became President of Paramount Pictures in March 2005 and was responsible for the studio's annual slate of films, including the acquisition of literary properties, development, budgeting, casting, and the production of motion pictures for Paramount Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. She left Paramount in January 2007.
Before joining Paramount, Berman served from 2000 to 2005 as President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, where she held the top Fox programming post. At Fox, Berman was in charge of all program development and scheduling, as well as marketing, business affairs, and promotions. Berman took the network to number one, producing American Idol, 24, House, Arrested Development, Bones, and Family Guy.
Prior to her Fox presidency, Berman served as founding President of Regency Television, the TV studio created in 1998 as a co-venture between Fox Television Studios and New Regency Productions. Under Berman, Regency Television quickly grew into one of the most prolific and respected suppliers of TV entertainment programming, including the primetime hit “Malcolm in the Middle,” which she developed for Fox.
Berman also served as Executive Producer on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. The series are frequently recognized as two of television's most successful young adult entertainment franchises. She also worked with Joss Whedon on the popular but short lived series Firefly before its cancellation.
Before assuming the Regency presidency, Berman served as President and CEO of production company Sandollar Television. While there, she had both creative and bottom-line responsibility for all program development and production. During her six years with Sandollar, Berman also served as Executive Producer on the primetime series All American Girl starring Margaret Cho.
Berman began her career as a theater producer after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Maryland. At 23, she co-produced her first Broadway show, the original Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which went on to garner seven Tony Award nominations. Berman’s other Broadway productions include Hurlyburly by David Rabe (1984), Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot (1985), and The Nerd by Larry Shue (1987), all of which received Tony Award nominations.
Berman graduated from the University of Maryland, where she now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Berman also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles’ preeminent non-profit theatre company which oversees the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Berman is married to sitcom writer Bill Masters and they have two children. She is Jewish.
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