Executive Producer of “THE WARFIGHTERS” on History Channel
PETER BERG [Director] has enjoyed success as a writer, director, producer and actor.
Berg made his feature film directorial debut (from his own original screenplay) on the 1998 cult favorite “Very Bad Things,” which starred Cameron Diaz, John Favreau and Christian Slater and earned kudos at both the Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals. He went on to direct the actioner “The Rundown” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Christopher Walken, and returned to the action genre with the war drama “The Kingdom,” which starred Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. In 2009, he directed the action hit “Hancock,” starring Will Smith in the title role as well as Executive Produced the offbeat independent comedy, “Lars and the Real Girl,” starring Ryan Gosling.
Berg is also known for his fierce portrait of high school football in the 2004 film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger’s blistering bestseller, “Friday Night Lights,” which toplined Billy Bob Thornton. The film’s success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed TV Series of the same name, which aired for five seasons and garnered multiple Emmy nominations and wins. In addition to serving as the series’ executive producer, Berg also directed several episodes of the show, including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned an Emmy nomination as Best Director. As one of the series’ writers, he also shared a Writers Guild nomination for Best New Series.
Berg was the Creator/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed HBO Documentary Series “ON Freddie Roach.” He Executive Produced NBC’s police procedural drama “Prime Suspect,” which starred Mario Bello and executive produced the medical drama series, “Trauma.” Berg previously created and executive produced the ABC drama series “Wonderland,” for which he also wrote and directed episodes. He got his start as a writer and director on David E. Kelley’s critically acclaimed series “Chicago Hope,” on which he starred for three seasons as the brash, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.
As an actor, Berg’s recent film work includes roles in Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” with Redofr, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise; “Smokin’ Aces,” for director Joe Carnahan; and Michael Mann’s “Collateral,” with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Additional film acting credits include “Cop Land,” “The Great White Hype,” John Dahl’s “The Last Seduction,” “A Midnight Clear” and “Late for Dinner.”
In addition to directing the 2012 sea adventure “Battleship,” the New York Native (and son of a Naval historian) has also developed several projects under his Film 44 banner. He closed 2013 with the release of “Lone Survivor,” the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s gut-wrenching true tale of an ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan that killed Luttrell’s three Navy SEAL comrades and nearly cost him his own life. Pete wrote, directed and produced the film, which was met with critical acclaim, earning Pete a WGA Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
That same year, HBO premiered his sports documentary series “State of Play,” which he Executive Produced under his Film 45 banner and served as moderator for each episode’s panel discussion. In continuing his work with HBO, Berg Executive Produced and directed the pilot episode for HBO series “The Leftovers,” starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler. He continues to Executive Produce the series, which is now heading into its third season on HBO. Pete also serves as an Executive Producer on the HBO series’ “Ballers,” which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and premieres its second season next year as well.
Pete’s current films include “Deepwater Horizon,” based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Mlkovich, Kate Hudson and Gina Rodriguez. His film “Patriots Day,” which will be released December 21st, is based on the 203 Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath this upcoming fall. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg. Pete is in development for a documentary on Rhianna which he will be directing and producing.