Peter Berg Launches Unscripted Film 45 Banner, Sets Special Forces Docu-Series for History

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Director Peter Berg has launched a production banner for unscripted material, starting with a series on U.S. Special Forces for History.

Film 45 is a separate entity from Berg’s Film 44 film and TV company that is home to his narrative projects. Berg has partnered with producer Matthew Goldberg, who will serve as president of the Santa Monica-based company.

Film 45 is also working on a theatrical feature about singer Rihanna, which is billed as a contemporary version of the 1967 Bob Dylan tour documentary “Don’t Look Back.”

“This is an exciting time for unscripted and we are fully committed to being a part of this robust and creative medium,” Berg said.

History has given an eight-episode order to the docu series that is in the vein of Berg’s 2013 feature “Lone Survivor,” following men and women of the U.S. Special Forces, examining the triumphs and tragedies of the modern battleground.

Berg and Goldberg are exec producing the series with Brandon Carroll. Matt Ginsburg and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers for History.

Goldberg and Berg are already working together on the HBO sports docu series “State of Play,” now in production on its second season.

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  1. Secret Squirrel says:

    Lone Survivor is not about US Special Forces. It is about US Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs). There is a big difference. The US Army is the only branch of the entire armed forces that have Special Forces. Each branch has its own special operations groups. They form a collective of SOF or Special Operations Forces. SEALs are SEALs and Special Forces are Special Forces.

    When one mentions Green Berets they are actually referring to Special Forces. A green beret is a hat not a qualification title. It’s simply a nickname.

    • Romy says:

      Here you go secret squirrelly straight out of Wikipedia:

      When visiting the Special Forces at Fort Bragg on 12 October 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked Brigadier General William P. Yarborough to make sure that the men under his command wore green berets for the visit. Later that day, Kennedy sent a memorandum which included the line: “I am sure that the green beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead.” By America’s entry into the Vietnam War, the green beret had become a symbol of excellence throughout the US Army. On April 11, 1962 in a White House memorandum to the United States Army, President Kennedy reiterated his view: “The green beret is a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.” To no avail, both Yarborough and Edson Raff had previously petitioned the Pentagon to allow wearing of the green beret. The President, however, did not fail them.

      We still all fall under JSOC in some point in time.


  2. sf says:

    There are no women in Special Forces. So it would be following the men. Women can’t make it unless they destroy or completely throw out the standards. They can’t even make it in the Marine Officer Infantry School haha. 0 for 30 haha.

  3. pops07 says:

    Acquiring the rights to the best-seller “Code Name: Copperhead” would be a good start.

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