Berman- Braun Unveils New Name, Combines Film & TV Divisions Under Andrew Mittman

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 11:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

whalerockIn light of the recent exit of co-founder Gail Berman, BermanBraun has been renamed Whalerock Industries, a name said to have special meaning to co-founder and now full owner Lloyd Braun. The company also has folded scripted television, which had been overseen by Gene Stein, into film, with Andrew Mittman, who has run BermanBraun’s film division since 2009, as head of the combined unit. Stein, who has been at BermanBraun since 2008, is leaving. Meanwhile, Jenna Glazier has been promoted to SVP of television and film. “This reorganization reflects our approach to development throughout the company,” Braun said. “The traditional lines between media are increasingly blurred – particularly in film and television. Our executives will work the same way – evaluating material, developing relationships and understanding business models across the media landscape.” Read More »

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Gail Berman Exits BermanBraun; Lloyd Braun To Become Sole Owner

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Gail BermanGail Berman just made the announcement amid ongoing speculation that the former top Fox and Paramount executive might be mulling a return to the executive fold. In her statement, Berman indicates that she is considering “several unique opportunities” with an announcement about her next gig expected “very soon.” (Despite persistent chatter, I hear Berman’s immediate plans do not seem to include a position at ABC.) Berman co-founded BermanBraun in 2007 with former ABC topper Lloyd Braun who will now become sole owner of the company by acquiring Berman’s BermanBrauninterest. BermanBraun, which employs 150 people vs. four employees at its launch, made its mark in the digital arena where it operates 11 properties in categories including celebrity, entertainment, fashion and beauty, pets, Moms and lifestyle. BermanBraun also has been active in TV, producing scripted and unscripted series and has in the works Dig, USA Network’s upcoming six-episode action adventure event series from Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. In June, BermanBraun inked a multi-year film and TV deal with MGM. Before taking over Fox’s entertainment division, Berman ran Regency TV. Here are her and Braun’s statements on Berman’s departure: Read More »

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BermanBraun Teams With AOL For Moviefone Makeover

If you look at the Moviefone’s amateurish looking site, which AOL bought for $400M in 1999, you’ll see why it needs work. The company says today that it has enlisted BermanBraun “to reimagine Moviefone and give the iconic entertainment … Read More »

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Fox Buys ‘Rentaghost’ And Re-Teams Ben Stiller With ‘Night At The Museum’ Scribes Lennon And Garant

By | Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 10:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to the supernatural British comedy show Rentaghost, and has re-teamed Ben Stiller with his Night At The Museum writers Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The film will be produced by Gail Berman … Read More »

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WME Signs Production Co. BermanBraun

By | Friday August 19, 2011 @ 7:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun’s production company BermanBraun has signed with WME for representation. At the agency, the company’s entertainment division will be handled by co-CEO Ari Emanuel and head of the TV department Rick Rosen. The … Read More »

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Summit Sets Harry Elfont And Deborah Kaplan For ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has hired Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan to adapt and direct Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, based on the 1992 John Gray book that highlights the vast differences between men and women, and attempts … Read More »

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BermanBraun Taps Head Of Digital Video

By | Friday December 17, 2010 @ 8:23am PST
Nellie Andreeva

With their digital portfolio growing, Gail Berman and  Lloyd Braun’s BermanBraun is launching a digital video division and has tapped BBC Worldwide Prods. executive Ian Moffitt to run it. Moffitt, who starts on January 3, will assemble a full-fledged video … Read More »

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Russell Brand Haunts ‘Rentaghost’ Remake

By | Wednesday December 8, 2010 @ 4:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the British comedy show RentaGhost and will develop it into a Beetlejuice-style afterlife feature comedy vehicle for Russell Brand. He’ll play Fred Mumford, a recently deceased guy determined to be more productive … Read More »

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