Exec Berman to exit Col Pictures Music

Tenure marked by success

Burt Berman will ankle his post as exec VP of Columbia Pictures Music when his contract expires in July.

In making the announcement, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group prexy Kenneth Lemberger said, “From ‘Men in Black’ to ‘Blue Streak,’ Burt’s tenure at Columbia has been filled with a series of successes. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

While Berman is mum on his future endeavors, insiders say the split is amicable. An announcement regarding his successor will be forthcoming.

“It has been tremendously rewarding working with the talented professionals here at Sony,” said Berman, who has held the position since 1994. “After many years on the inside of the business, however, I wanted to take time out to pursue the music industry from a different perspective.”

Berman managed all music concerns on more than 25 films per year, including such hit soundtracks as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Jerry Maguire,” “As Good as It Gets” and “Men in Black.” The soundtracks to “Little Women,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “As Good as It Gets” all received Academy Award noms for best original score.

Prior to joining Columbia, Berman served as senior VP of music for Universal Pictures, where three of his projects — “Schindler’s List,” “Out of Africa” and “The Milagro Beanfield War” — won Oscars for best original score.

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