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 46)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University (1994)
OccupationWriter, producer,film director
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)
Robbie Rogers (m. 2017)
Children1

Gregory Berlanti (born May 24, 1972)[1] is an American writer, producer, and film director. He is known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Political Animals and Riverdale, in addition to his contributions to DC Comics on film and television, including The CW's Arrowverse. In 2018, Berlanti set a record in having 15 different live action scripted television series planned to air in the 2018–19 television season on various networks and digital platforms,[2] and he signed the most expensive producer deal ever with Warner.[3][4] Berlanti also directed the 2018 romantic comedy-drama film Love, Simon.

Career[edit]

Berlanti made his feature film directorial debut with The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film focused on "the universal themes of romance, acceptance and family", as opposed to AIDS, coming out, and sex, which are more controversial and stereotypical topics commonly covered in LGBT films.[5] The film grossed over 2 million in ticket sales,[6] and received generally positive reviews from critics.[7][8][9]

Berlanti 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 drama series, 2002's Everwood and 2004's Jack & Bobby. He created and produced the 2008 ABC legal drama Eli Stone and the 2012 USA miniseries Political Animals. For NBC, he has produced The Mysteries of Laura, an American adaptation of the Spanish television series, that premiered September 17, 2014, and Blindspot which premiered on September 21, 2015.[10]

Berlanti directed the 2010 film Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. He produced the film Pan for Warner Brothers under his Berlanti Productions banner; the film was released October 9, 2015.

In January 2016 The CW ordered the Berlanti-produced television pilot Riverdale based on the characters from Archie Comics,[11] which was picked up to series in May 2016.[12] Riverdale premiered on January 26, 2017, and was renewed for a second season on March 7, 2017.[13]

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, further planned releases were cancelled.[14]

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.[15]

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". In November 2013, The CW officially ordered a pilot for The Flash,[16] and in May 2014 the network picked the project up to series with a premiere scheduled for autumn of that year.[17] The Flash premiered on October 7, 2014.

On February 26, 2015, it was announced that Berlanti, along with Guggenheim and Kreisberg, would write and 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.[18] The series was ultimately titled Legends of Tomorrow, and it follows the ragtag team of heroes and villains as they travel through time and space on a mission to stop the devious immortal Vandal Savage. The series premiered on January 21, 2016, and was renewed for a second season on March 11, 2016.[19]

In 2017, Berlanti assumed extra responsibilities for production of The Flash, following the dismissal of Andrew Kreisberg.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

After its first season, the show moved from CBS to The CW, bringing all live-action Arrowverse shows together on one network.

Following Andrew Kreisberg's firing from Warner Bros. due to sexual harassment allegations in November 2017, Berlanti assumed additional duties on production of the show.[20]

Other DC shows[edit]

Berlanti later worked with Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to develop Black Lightning which also aired on the CW.[23]

He also worked with Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter to develop Titans.[24]

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 two nieces.[citation needed] He has Italian and Irish ancestry.[25] 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.[26]

Berlanti has been in a relationship with ex-LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers since mid-2013.[27][28] On February 18, 2016, Berlanti and Rogers welcomed their first son via surrogacy, Caleb Berlanti.[29] On December 31, 2016, Rogers and Berlanti announced they had become engaged.[30] They wed on December 2, 2017.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Screenwriter Story Writer Producer Notes
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Yes Yes Yes No
2010 Life as We Know It Yes No No No
2011 Green Lantern No Yes Yes Yes Co-story writer with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim
Co-screenwriter with Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg
Co-producer with Donald De Line
2012 Wrath of the Titans No No Yes No Co-story writer with Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson
2015 Pan No No No Yes Co-producer with Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster
2018 Love, Simon Yes No No No
TBA Flashpoint No No No Yes Co-producer with Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, Chantel Nong and Geoff Johns
Untitled Booster Gold film Yes Yes No Yes Co-screenwriter with Zack Stentz
Co-producer with Walter Hamada, Chantel Nong and Geoff Johns

Television[edit]

Year Title 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–present Riverdale No No Yes
2018 Black Lightning No No Yes
Deception No Yes Yes
Titans No Yes Yes
You No Yes Yes
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina No No Yes
All American No No Yes
God Friended Me No No Yes
2019 The Red Line No No Yes
Doom Patrol No No Yes
Batwoman No No Yes
Stargirl No No Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregory Berlanti". MyLife. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Greg Berlanti on the Cusp of Making TV History". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva (June 7, 2018). "Greg Berlanti Inks Mega $300+ Million New Overall Deal To Stay At Warner Bros. TV Through 2024". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ Shaw, Lucas (2018-10-04). "The Hollywood Empire Strikes Back Against Netflix". Bloomberg.
  5. ^ Paul Clinton (October 3, 2000). "See 'The Broken Hearts Club' with someone special". CNN.com. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Broken Hearts Club (Summary)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Bob Longino. "The Broken Hearts Club". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  8. ^ Alexander Ryll (2014). "Essential Gay Themed Films To Watch, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy". Gay Essential. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Roger Ebert (November 10, 2000). "The Broken Hearts Club". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (September 21, 2015). "'Blindspot' Has a Plan: Where the Show Will Go After the Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 29, 2016). "CW Picks Up Four Pilots Including Greg Berlanti's Archie Comics Project 'Riverdale'". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  12. ^ Prudom, Laura (May 12, 2016). "CW Picks Up 'Riverdale,' 'Frequency,' 'No Tomorrow' to Series". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 7, 2017). "Riverdale Renewed for Season 2 at CW". TVLine. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ryan Reynolds describes superhero flop Green Lantern as victim of Hollywood".
  15. ^ Rose, Lacey (May 12, 2016). "TV Producer of the Year Greg Berlanti: "I Still Fight About Everything"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2013). "CW Picks Up 'The Flash', 'iZombie', 'Jane the Virgin' & 'The Messengers' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 11, 2016). "CW Renews 11 Series, Including 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Vampire Diaries,' Full DC Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (November 29, 2017). "'Flash' & 'Supergirl' EP Andrew Kreisberg Fired Over Sexual Harassment Allegations". "Deadline Hollywood". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  21. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 4, 2014). "Supergirl TV Series in the Works". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  22. ^ Abrams, Natalie (September 19, 2014). "WB's 'Supergirl' lands at CBS". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 8, 2016). "Fox Nabs 'Black Lightning' DC Superhero Drama With Pilot Production Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 25, 2017). "DC Digital Service To Launch With Titans Series From Greg Berlanti & Akiva Goldsman And Young Justice: Outsiders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  25. ^ Kinser, Jermey (September 13, 2010). "Flash of Genius". The Advocate. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  26. ^ "NORTHWESTERN ALUMNI TAKE HOME EMMY AWARDS". Northwestern School of Communication. September 24, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  27. ^ Halterman, Jim (August 19, 2014). "Greg Berlanti Talks "The Flash" Excitement & Loving Robbie Rogers". The Backlot. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ "Greg Berlanti Welcomes a Son via Surrogate: 'My Heart Is Full Forever'". People Magazine. February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  30. ^ "Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti Are Engaged". E! Online. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  31. ^ "'Arrow,' 'Flash' Producer Greg Berlanti Marries Soccer Star Robbie Rogers -- See Their Sweet Wedding Pics!".

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