Greg Berlanti

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Greg Berlanti
Greg Berlanti at Paley Center, on September 8, 2012.jpg
Berlanti in 2012
Born(1972-05-24) May 24, 1972 (age 41)
Rye, New York
Partner(s)Robbie Rogers
 
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Greg Berlanti
Greg Berlanti at Paley Center, on September 8, 2012.jpg
Berlanti in 2012
Born(1972-05-24) May 24, 1972 (age 41)
Rye, New York
Partner(s)Robbie Rogers

Greg Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American television writer, producer and director. He is the creator of cult television series Everwood and co-creator of Jack & Bobby, No Ordinary Family, and Arrow. He is also the writer of Green Lantern.

Personal life[edit]

Berlanti was born in Rye, New York. His parents are Barbara Moller Berlanti and Eugene Berlanti. Greg has one sister, Dina and is the uncle of two nieces.[1] He has Italian and Irish ancestry.[2] He described his early life in an August 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly: "We were Italians in a town of WASPs" and his family was not "doing as well as 90% of the community."[citation needed] After each of his shows is his Berlanti Television logo which features a family with their backs to the audience and a quote which says "Greg, move your head!" which is actually what his father Gene used to yell at him when he was blocking the television screen. Berlanti is in a relationship with L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers.

Career[edit]

Berlanti studied writing at Northwestern University and participated in many activities including Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was a writer and producer on Dawson's Creek and its short-lived spin-off Young Americans. He is best known as being the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Everwood. He also co-created the short-lived series Jack & Bobby.

Berlanti also wrote and directed the film Broken Hearts Club, about young gay friends in West Hollywood which he based on his own circle of friends at the time.

In August 2006, Berlanti announced a new deal with Touchstone Television and ABC to create new pilots. In conjunction with the announcement, Berlanti announced a parting of the ways with longtime creative partner Mickey Liddell.[3] At the same time, news surfaced that Berlanti was acting as a consultant for the new ABC series Brothers & Sisters. The previous executive producer, Marti Noxon, had left the show after conflict with creator Jon Robin Baitz.[4] Berlanti now serves as an executive producer for the series.

Berlanti was also the executive producer of Dirty Sexy Money which debuted on ABC on September 26, 2007.

With Marc Guggenheim, Berlanti is the co-writer of Eli Stone, a television pilot for ABC which debuted as a mid-season replacement in 2008. Berlanti also serves as executive producer. Berlanti was instrumental in the pilot's promotion of the theory that a mercury-based vaccine preservative causes autism.[5] This theory is not supported by scientific evidence, but has contributed to decreased vaccination rates that according to the medical community, endanger children.[6][7] Berlanti defended the pilot, opining that the script showed both sides of the controversy, commenting, "I think they wanted us to do our homework about all of it, which we did."[5]

Berlanti was briefly attached to direct the 2011 Green Lantern film, whose screenplay he co-wrote.[8] He also directed the 2010 film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.

Filmography[edit]

Writer[edit]

Producer[edit]

Director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://watchdog.net/contrib/07760/eugene_berlanti
  2. ^ http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/spectator/2010/09/13/flash-genius?page=full
  3. ^ "Greg Berlanti splits with business partner". The Advocate. August 5, 2006. Retrieved November 18, 2007 
  4. ^ "Greg Berlanti lends a hand to Brothers & Sisters". The Advocate. August 16, 2006. Retrieved November 18, 2007 
  5. ^ a b Wyatt E (January 23, 2008). "ABC drama takes on science and parents". New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  6. ^ Offit PA (2007). "Thimerosal and vaccines—a cautionary tale". N Engl J Med 357 (13): 1278–9. doi:10.1056/NEJMp078187. PMID 17898096. 
  7. ^ Doja A, Roberts W (2006). "Immunizations and autism: a review of the literature". Can J Neurol Sci 33 (4): 341–6. PMID 17168158. 
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Official Green Lantern Movie Synopsis Revealed". Comic Book Movie. 10-05-29. Retrieved 10-06-01. 

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