Berger, who has served as a BFI governor since 2011, will take over as chair in February, when Greg Dyke steps down. Berger will serve a four-year term.
“I look forward to working with BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill and her team to build on the great work that Greg Dyke has done as BFI chair over the last seven years,” Berger said. “Our goal is to ensure that the BFI continues protecting and promoting the U.K.’s thriving film culture, and supporting and nurturing the ideas and talent that make up our world-class British film industry, of which we are all so rightly proud.”
The U.K. government’s culture secretary, John Whittingdale, said: “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, both as head of a major studio in the U.K., and as a governor of the BFI for more than four years. I have no doubt he will be a great champion for British film.”
Berger, who was born in the U.S. and is a graduate of Harvard University, has lived in the U.K. since 1996, and has been a U.K. citizen since 2011. He first joined Warner Bros. in 1989.
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Berger also serves as a board member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 2012, the U.K. government gave him a top national honor, the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to the creative industries.