Greg Berlanti

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Greg Berlanti
Greg Berlanti at Paley Center, on September 8, 2012.jpg
Berlanti in September 2012
Born (1972-05-24) May 24, 1972 (age 44)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Writer, producer, director
Partner(s) Robbie Rogers
Children 1

Greg Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American film and television writer, producer and director.

He is well known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Political Animals; and for his vast contributions to DC Comics, including The CW's Arrowverse.

Career[edit]

He got his start in television as a writer and executive producer on Dawson's Creek before going on to create two of The WB's most critically acclaimed dramas, Everwood and Jack & Bobby.

He created and produced the ABC legal drama Eli Stone and the USA family drama Political Animals.

He directed the 2010 film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, and produced Pan for Warner Bros. under his Berlanti Productions banner. The film was released October 9, 2015. He also produces The Mysteries of Laura, an American adaptation of the Spanish television series, for NBC.

DC Comics[edit]

Film[edit]

Berlanti co-wrote and co-produced the DC Comics film Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. As the film was not critically nor financially successful, any further releases planned were cancelled. It has since been announced that a rebooted version of the character is in development as a part of the DC Extended Universe.

In May 2016, Berlanti discussed his involvement in a Booster Gold feature film that is currently in development, as producer and possibly as director as well. Zack Stentz is signed to the project as screenwriter.[1]

Television[edit]

Arrowverse[edit]

In December 2011, it was announced that, along with Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, Berlanti would create, write, and produce a series for The CW based on Green Arrow, called Arrow. In May 2012, it was picked up to series and premiered on October 10, of that year. On July 30, 2013, it was announced at the summer TCA tour that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns would be introducing Barry Allen in the second season of Arrow, with the possibility of the character being spun off to his own series. Actor Grant Gustin was cast and made his debut in episode 8, "The Scientist", to public and critical acclaim. In November 2013, The CW officially ordered a pilot for The Flash.[2] In May 2014, the network picked the project up to series to premiere in the autumn of that year.[3] It premiered on October 7, 2014; preceding the third season premiere of Arrow on October 8, 2014.

On February 26, 2015, it was announced that Berlanti, along with Guggenheim and Kreisberg, would write/executive produce a spin-off series featuring The Atom (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Martin Stein (Victor Garber), and The White Canary (Caity Lotz), for a potential 2016 premiere.[4] The series was ultimately titled Legends of Tomorrow, and it will follow the ragtag team of heroes and villains as they travel through time and space on a mission to stop the devious immortal Vandal Savage.

Supergirl[edit]

On September 4, 2014, it was reported that Berlanti would executive produce a re-imagining of the origin of Supergirl, to be written by The New Normal and Chuck alum Ali Adler. Flash co-creator Johns is also involved with development.[5] On September 19, 2014, it was reported that CBS had made a series commitment to Supergirl. It was also announced that Berlanti would co-write the first episode.[6]

After its first season, the show moved from being shown on CBS to being shown on the CW (the same network where other DC shows "The Flash", "Arrow", and "Legends of Tomorrow" air).

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Rye, New York. His parents are Barbara Moller Berlanti and Eugene Berlanti. Greg has one sister, Dina, and is the uncle of two nieces.[citation needed] He has Italian and Irish ancestry.[7] He described his early life in an August 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly: "We were Italians in a town of WASPs" and his family was not "doing as well as 90% of the community."[citation needed] The Berlanti Television production logo, which follows each episode of shows he produces, features a family with their backs to the audience and the spoken quote, "Greg, move your head!" This is an homage to Berlanti's father, Gene, who would yell at Greg when he was blocking the television screen. Berlanti graduated from Northwestern University in 1994.[8]

Berlanti has been in a relationship with LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers since mid-2013.[9][10] On February 18, 2016, Berlanti, and Rogers, welcomed their first son via surrogacy, Caleb Berlanti.[11]

Filmography[edit]

TV series[edit]

Year Series Director Writer Producer Notes
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek No Yes Yes
2000 Young Americans No Yes No
2002–2006 Everwood No Yes Yes
2004–2005 Jack & Bobby No Yes Yes
2006–2008 Brothers & Sisters No Yes Yes
2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money No No Yes
2008–2009 Eli Stone No Yes Yes
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family No No Yes
2012 Political Animals Yes Yes Yes
2012–present Arrow No Yes Yes
2013 Golden Boy No No Yes
2013–2014 The Tomorrow People No Yes Yes
2014–present The Flash No Yes Yes
2014–2016 The Mysteries of Laura No No Yes
2015–present Blindspot No No Yes
Supergirl No Yes Yes
2016–present Legends of Tomorrow No Yes Yes
2017 Riverdale No No Yes Series order given by The CW

Films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Critical Reception
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Yes Yes No 63%[12] 51 out of 100[13]
2010 Life As We Know It Yes No No 28%[14]
2011 Green Lantern No Yes Yes 26%[15] 39 out of 100[16]
2012 Wrath of the Titans No Yes No 25%[17] 37 out of 100[18]
2015 Pan No No Yes 26%[19] 36 out of 100[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'The Flash,' 'Arrow' Producer Greg Berlanti: "I Still Fight About Everything"". Hollywood Reporter. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2013). "CW's 'The Flash' To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of 'Arrow' Backdoor Pilot Episode". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2013). "CW Picks Up 'The Flash', 'iZombie', 'Jane the Virgin' & 'The Messengers' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2015). "Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-Up Spinoff In Works At CW; Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 4, 2014). "Supergirl TV Series in the Works". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (September 19, 2014). "WB's 'Supergirl' lands at CBS". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kinser, Jermey (September 13, 2010). "Flash of Genius". The Advocate. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "NORTHWESTERN ALUMNI TAKE HOME EMMY AWARDS". Northwestern School of Communication. September 24, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Halterman, Jim (August 19, 2014). "Greg Berlanti Talks "The Flash" Excitement & Loving Robbie Rogers". The Backlot. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Robbie (February 14, 2016). "robbierogersHappy Valentines Day!!! Thank you to all the men and women who made it possible for me to be able to share my life with the man I love. xRR @gberlanti". Instagram. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Greg Berlanti Welcomes a Son via Surrogate: 'My Heart Is Full Forever'". People Magazine. February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB (2000)". Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)". Metacritic. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  14. ^ "LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010)". Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "GREEN LANTERN (2011)". Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Green Lantern (2011)". Metacritic. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ "WRATH OF THE TITANS (2012)". Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Wrath of the Titans (2012)". Metacritic. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  19. ^ "PAN (2015)". Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Pan (2015)". Metacritic. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 

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