The Laid Back Fest in New Jersey was anything but mellow Thursday night when Bruce Springsteen jumped onstage to jam with headliners Jacksone Browne and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey.Billed as a “traveling all-star celebration of music and food,” the traveling festival — founded in 2015 by Gregg Allman and his longtime manager Michael Lehman — returned this year to honor the late musician, who died in July after...
Berman has led the Los Angeles-based production operation of Australia’s media company Village Roadshow Entertainment for the past two decades, co-financing and executive producing some of Hollywood’s biggest movies, including Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper,” and the “Sherlock Holmes,” “Lego,” “Oceans 11” and “Matrix” franchises.
Earlier this year, his parent company received a sizable capital infusion from Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisor, enabling Berman to expand Village Roadshow’s film slate and move into television and other forms of content. Berman’s most recent deals include Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” “Ocean’s Eight” with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchette, and Clint Eastwood’s latest film “15:17 To Paris.”
Berman has a longstanding relationship with Warner Bros., having served as a top executive at the studio from 1984 to 1996, rising up the ranks to president of worldwide theatrical production. During his tenure, he oversaw hits such as “Driving Miss Daisy,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard,” “Goodfellas,” “The Fugitive” and “Batman Forever.”
While still a student at Georgetown Law School, Berman began his career working with MPAA chief Jack Valenti. After graduating, he was an assistant to Peter Guber at Casablanca Filmworks, then in 1979, he joined Universal Pictures.