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Gail BermanGail 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.
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