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
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.