Producer Profile: Greg Berlanti

Showrunner becomes an L.A. Screenings star

In helping to guide two new shows onto ABC’s 2007-08 primetime schedule with first-year success “Brothers and Sisters,” executive producer Greg Berlanti has emerged as an L.A. Screenings star.

For his part, Berlanti has become accustomed to thinking globally with his shows.

“It was weird to see Pacey and Joey (of “Dawson’s Creek”) talking in Japanese, I won’t lie,” says Berlanti, who broke into television with “Dawson’s” and made it big as the showrunner for “Everwood.” “But definitely, as long as I’ve been doing TV, (international) has been a critical part of the process — a large part because that informs the budget of the show.”

Berlanti says new series “Dirty Sexy Money” (which teamw Berlanti with the show’s pilot writer, Craig Wright) and “Eli Stone” (created by Berlanti with Marc Guggenheim) have casting and style elements with foreign appeal.

“From my own personal trips to England, it seems the edgier dramas do really well,” Berlanti says, “and I think there’s an element of that on ‘Dirty Sexy Money.’ ”

ABC TV Studio prexy Mark Pedowitz says Berlanti’s shows translate well overseas because of how they explore the human condition.

“You know that if he goes on a show,” Pedowitz says, “you’re going to get a great-quality emotional yet humorous series.”

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