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Gail Berman is an American television producer and studio executive. She was the president of entertainment at the Fox Broadcasting Company from 2001 until May 2005. She then became the president of Paramount Pictures. Berman has executive produced many TV series, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003) and its spin-off “Angel” (1999-2004), “Accidentally on Purpose” (2009-2010), “Mercy” (2009-2010) and “Decoded” (2010-2011).
Berman has two children with her husband Bill Masters.
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
Gail Berman was born on August 17, 1956. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978.
Ms. Berman is married to sitcom writer Bill Masters. The couple has two children.
After college, Gail Berman joined forces with her friend Susan Rose to produce the Broadway productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (1982), “Almost an Eagle” (1982), “Hurlyburly” (1984), “Blood Knot” (1985) and “The Nerd” (1987). She entered television in the late 1980s when she served as executive producer on the short lived HBO series “The Sweet Life,” hosted by Rachel Sweet.
Berman remained on television throughout the 1990s. She was an executive producer on the NBC television movie “A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story” (1992), starring Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Ivey and Michael McGrady, and the NBC short lived comedy series “Someone Like Me” (1994), starring Gaby Hoffmann, Patricia Heaton and Nikki Cox. She also executive produced “All-American Girl” (1994-1995), an ABC sitcom co-created by and starring Margaret Cho, the made for TV film “Unlikely Angel” (1996) and the TV series “Social Studies” (1997).
Her first big break arrived when she executive produced the Joss Whedon created popular TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the hit show ran on The WB from 1997 until 2001 and UPN from 2001 to 2003. Berman reprised her duty for the spin-off show “Angel,” which ran on The WB from October 5, 1999, until May 19, 2004.
In 2001, Berman was appointed president of the Fox TV Network, a post she would hold until May 2005. While with Fox, she helped bring such popular shows as “24,” “American Idol” and “House” to the airwaves. However, as president, Berman failed to keep several critically acclaimed shows on air and the shows were canceled because of bad scheduling. Some shows like “Keen Eddie,” “Firefly,” “Titus” and “Wonderfalls” were cut short after a handful of episodes, while others, such as “Futurama” and “Family Guy,” had poor ratings because of constant schedule changes. After leaving Fox in 2005, Berman was named president of Paramount Pictures.
Returning to television, Berman executive produced a same show on ABC called “Duel” that was hosted by Mike Greenberg. It was followed by work on “America's Toughest Jobs” (2008), “The Karenskys” (2009), “Ace in the Hole” (2009), “Is She Really Going Out with Him” (2009) and “Virtuality” (2009). She also executive produced the Discovery Channel documentary TV series “Swords: Life On the Line” (2009), and the CBS sitcom “Accidentally on Purpose” (September 2009 to April 2010), starring Jenna Elfman, Jon Foster, Ashley Jensen, Nicolas Wright, Grant Show and Lennon Parham. In addition, she worked with the NBC medical show “Mercy” (2009-2010), starring Taylor Schilling, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jaime Lee Kirchner, James Tupper, Diego Klattenhoff, Guillermo Díaz and James LeGros, the History Channel documentary series “Decoded” (2010-2011) and the superhero series “The Cape” (2011).