Warner Bros. Ups Production Execs Jon Berg, Courtenay Valenti
Jon Berg and Courtenay Valenti have been promoted to executive vp development and production at Warner Bros.
The move is part of a department restructure spearheaded by Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production, that comes on the heels of executive vp Lynn Harris' exit from the studio last month.
Berg and Valenti will report to Silverman.
In their expanded roles, Valenti, who has been with the studio for 25 years, and Berg, who joined Warners in 2008, will assume immediate oversight and management of the studio's development team and budget, in addition to their current duties. Silverman, who reports directly to Warners' CEO Kevin Tsujihara, retains responsibility for overall slate development and execution for the division, as well as cross-divisional and companywide initiatives originating from the film division.
"Courtenay and Jon are hands down two of the best executives in the industry, with impeccable creative sensibilities and a real love of films and filmmaking," Silverman said. "Courtenay has deep ties to the Warner Bros. family, and throughout her tenure has worked on some of our most successful and critically acclaimed films. And, over the last six years, Jon has repeatedly proven himself a key driver of our films' success. I look forward to working closely with both of them and continuing to build upon Warner Bros. Pictures' legacy of creative excellence."
During her tenure, Valenti has supervised a wide variety of films, including The Lego Movie, the final four Harry Potter films, Happy Feet, The Great Gatsby, A Little Princess, Contact, You've Got Mail and Message in a Bottle. Upcoming projects include George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and the Nancy Meyers romantic comedy The Intern.
Since joining Warners, Berg has shepherded several key films, including the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, Oscar-winning best picture Argo and The Blind Side. He is currently supervising Edge of Tomorrow, Jersey Boys and American Sniper. Before joining the studio, Berg produced Elf and Starship Dave.