Berg joins Warners as senior vp


Producer Jon Berg has joined Warner Bros. as senior vp production.

Berg will join the studio's motion picture production team and oversee a number of films each year through the development and production process. He will work with writers, producers and directors as well as production entities the studio partners with on its releases.

Berg was a principal of Guy Walks Into a Bar, the production company behind the Will Ferrell hit "Elf" and the upcoming Eddie Murphy movie "Starship Dave." Berg founded the company, which has a two-year TV production deal with 20 Century Fox Television, in 2003 with screenwriter Todd Komarnicki.

Komarnicki will still run Guy Walks Into a Bar, and Berg will retain some sort of producing credit on projects the company has set up around town. The company will now operate under partners Komarnicki and Matt Weinberg.

"Jon has hands-on experience in producing a wide variety of genres, as well as a great reputation and solid relationships across the filmmaking spectrum -- all of which are sure to make him a great asset to Warner Bros. Pictures," said Warners production president Kevin McCormick.

Before forming Guy Walks Into a Bar, Berg had a first-look management/production deal at Universal Pictures, and under that deal served as an exec producer on the Denzel Washington thriller "Out of Time." Prior to that, he was a director of development at Universal Pictures and worked on such projects as the "Bourne" franchise, the "American Pie" films, "Josie and the Pussycats," "Big Fat Liar" and "Curious George."

Berg started his career in the mailroom at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment in 1995 and also was a creative exec at the Canton Co.