As president Amy Powell's first full-time employee at Paramount's microbudget shingle Insurge, Bernfeld knows a thing or two about how to start from scratch. So when Powell also took the reins of Paramount's digital initiative in 2011, she gave Bernfeld considerable authority to help launch the new division. One of the first projects to result was the Ben Stiller-produced Burning Love, which initially streamed on Yahoo Screen and later aired on E! As web content has expanded to mirror projects found on television, the New York native and Vassar College alum has helped Paramount adapt with projects such as the half-hour comedy Hotwives of Orlando for Hulu and the upcoming Elizabeth Banks-produced Resident Advisors. She has several film projects in the works for Insurge, too, including WorldStarHipHop, a rare movie based on a website.
MY BIG BREAK
"I was working for David Linde and James Schamus for six months at Focus Features in New York when David became co-chairman of Universal Pictures and took me with him to L.A. I was 22 and didn't have a driver's license."
ACTOR I'D CAST TO PLAY ME IN MY BIOPIC
I CAN'T GET THROUGH THE WORKDAY WITHOUT
THREE THINGS YOU'LL FIND IN MY OFFICE
"Four of my own original Nintendo games framed, including a limited-edition gold copy of Link, which is definitely worth at least $75 on eBay; an original Edward Gorey pencil-and-ink drawing; and a copy of National Geographic signed by Peter Benchley after he became a marine conservationist as a result of the extreme guilt he felt from writing Jaws."