5/24/1972, Rye, New York, USA
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Writer/producer/director Greg Berlanti is a graduate of Northwestern University's playwriting program. He grew up in Rye, New York and attended Rye High School. The 30-year-old is the creator and executive producer of the WB drama Everwood, the first series to be picked up for the 2002-2003 season.
In 1997, Berlanti was discovered by Dawson's Creek and Scream creator Kevin Williamson who, after reading an early draft of Berlanti's screenplay for The Broken Hearts Club, plucked him from fledgling screenwriter obscurity and made him a staff writer on Dawson's Creek. He quickly became an integral part of the creative team and in one year's time was promoted to executive producer and head writer, a position he held for three years.
Simultaneously writing for the series, Berlanti directed The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, which premiered to three standing ovations at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a place in Daily Variety's "Ten to Watch", a short list of promising directors with films at Sundance. He also has been recognized by such publications as Entertainment Weekly in their annual "It List" and Electronic Media in their "Hot List".
Based in Los Angeles, Berlanti and fellow Everwood executive producer Mickey Liddell formed a production company called Berlanti-Liddell Entertainment.
Quite a few of the characters on Everwood (especially minor ones) have the names of his friends and/or ex-teachers.
Rye, New York, USA
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- Trivia & Quotes
Greg: (on the writers' strike of Fall 2007) It's a sad time. It's difficult to watch people you've worked with lose their jobs-- and that's happened. It's tricky because you have friends who are writers, you have friends who are directors and you have friends who are executives--and they're not bad people.
Greg: The key to doing more than one show, without a doubt, has been working with other writers who I really respect and admire and whose talent I envy. I think that's what has really allowed me to participate in multiple things at once.
Greg: I get my joy in this job from working with the writers to fashion an episode, so whatever writing I may do is covered by the executive producer title.
Greg: Certainly no one has an agenda of "well, let's see as much man-on-man action as possible." The agenda instead is: "Hey, we want the story lines for all of our characters to be as interesting and as thoughtful and mature and real as they can possibly be."
Greg: (on his love life) I'm as happy as I've ever been and, just like coming out, it has made my writing better and my breadth of storytelling hopefully deeper in terms of the things I have to say.
Greg's show Everwood reminds him so much of the ended drama shows Northern Exposure and Picket Fences .
In the Everwood episode "We Hold these Truths", the orchestra conductor is named Mr. Mendick after Greg's English/Drama teacher in High School.
One of his favorite scenes in Brothers & Sisters was the first big family fight which occurred at the Ojai Ranch in the episode "Northern Exposure".
When Greg was still a struggling writer trying to break into the TV/movie industry, he was living in a studio apartment in Beachwood Canyon, right under the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California.
As a child, Greg wanted to emulate Jim Henson as a storyteller. He designed puppets and had a business performing in birthday parties.