The Producers Guild of America has elected industry veterans Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher as presidents for two-year terms.The duo ran unopposed and were introduced during the PGA's annual membership meeting on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot in Los Angeles on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the first day of the guild's two-day Produced By conference.Berman and Fisher’s election marks the first time two women will serve as PGA presidents."Gail and Lucy have long since established themselves as leaders...
Since exiting BermanBraun to found her own shingle, The Jackal Group, in 2014, Gail Berman has focused primarily on creating scripted and unscripted programming for Fox Networks Group, including Fox’s 2016 remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” But she was also behind the Michael Ian Black-hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever,” which Jackal produces for Pop TV.
Berman has had a strong working relationship with Fox Broadcasting since she served as its President of Entertainment from 2000 to 2005, a period in which shows like “American Idol,” “House,” “Bones,” and “24” led the network to its first time ever as the top-rated broadcast network.
Throughout her career, Berman’s name has been attached to buzzy programs ranging from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” to “Alphas” and “Arrested Development,” which underscores her willingness to take successful risks on projects that fall outside of traditional mass-market appeal. She also has experience in the film world, having run Paramount Pictures in 2006-07.
Although busy pitching shows to broadcast and cable networks, Berman is also exploring digital opportunities and developing feature films, like a biopic about convicted former spy Jonathan Pollard (based on a play).