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Gail Berman - Buffy Producer To Become Paramount Executive

By Michael Hinman

Thursday 24 March 2005, by Webmaster

Is someone who actually likes science-fiction going to do some work at Paramount? It looks like it.

Gail Berman — who genre fans know as the woman who helped "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" make the successful transition to television — is apparently taking over the No. 2 spot at Paramount Pictures, leaving her job has entertainment head for Twentieth Century Fox.

Zap2it reports that Berman apparently was recruited by Paramount chairman Brad Grey, to whom she’ll be reporting directly to. That will put her over a bunch of properties, including the struggling Star Trek franchise.

Berman’s contract was nearly up at Fox, and she had been renegotiating for a renewal before taking the Paramount job. During her five-year tenure at Fox, Berman helped launch series such as "24" and "Arrested Development." She also was an executive producer for "Buffy," and it’s The WB spinoff series, "Angel."

From Realitytvworld.com :

Fox president Gail Berman leaves for Paramount Pictures

Gail Berman has resigned as president of entertainment at Fox TV to take a top position with Paramount Pictures, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the paper said Berman has become one of the first major hires by Brad Grey, who took over as head of Paramount Pictures in January.

Berman has served as Fox entertainment president since July 2000, overseeing the arrival of such prime time hits as "American Idol,""24" and "The O.C." Before joining Fox, she developed "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Malcolm in the Middle."

The move comes just two months before Fox and the other networks are to present their prime time fall schedules to advertisers in New York.

2 Forum messages

  • I could be wrong, but I believe Gail Berman had nothing to do with cancelling anything on the WB (Angel, for instance). One, she was a producer and not in charge of time slots or anything like that. Two, she did that for FOX not for the WB.

    I think having her on Paramount could be a good thing.

  • excuse me aerialla, but Gail Berman has nothing to do with thewb shows as you mentioned. Only Buffy and Angel, and she hasn’t done anything to harm them, on contrary! She has been a loyal support of the two shows which she helped develop.

    One thing you can complain about her is her programming over at FOX, which in fact kind of destroyed some shows, like Firefly, Tru Calling, Wonderfalls, or whatever shows her team would put on friday and thursday. Her FOX is brilliant in having guts to put fresh innovative shows on the air, but lame on having balls to sustain it on the air.