Berman to serve as inhouse music supervisor
Village Roadshow has formed a new music division, Village Roadshow Music Group, and tapped former Paramount Music chief Burt Berman as president.Warner Pictures Music and Concord Music Group will manage and develop the use of original music on all Roadshow titles. The music company is a co-venture between Village Roadshow Limited and Act III Communications, which owns Concord. Berman has been charged with developing new business opportunities in music publishing and feature film soundtracks for films produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Group. Berman will report jointly to Village Roadshow Entertainment Group co-chairman Hal Gaba, who owns Act III with Norman Lear, and CEO Greg Basser. Berman will serve as an inhouse music supervisor drawing from VRPG and Concord Music Group film and music assets. The unit is designed to foster “cross-divisional opportunities between music and film entities.” Previously, Berman was prexy of Paramount Pictures Music Division for seven years. Among his recent soundtrack projects were “Babel,” “Elizabethtown,” and “Save the Last Dance.” Berman was earlier head of music at Columbia/Tristar (1994-2000) and Universal Studios (1985-1994).