Business29 March 2021
Peter Berg’s Film 44 has inked a first look deal with Netflix to produce and direct live action films and series
Berg directed Spenser Confidential, starring Mark Wahlberg, which became one of the most popular Netflix films with 85 million members choosing to watch the film in the first 4 weeks.
Last year it was announced that Berg will executive produce and direct all episodes of the limited series Painkiller, a new scripted drama about the origins of the opioid crisis.
Berg is currently developing The Colonel’s Wife which he will write, direct and produce.
Quote from Peter Berg: “For me, in this moment, Netflix is the perfect creative fit. I could not be more excited to get to work!”
Quote from Brian Wright, Head of Overall Deals, Netflix: “Pete Berg has created iconic television. Authentic, visceral and kinetic, Berg’s style has elevated storytelling for years and we are proud to welcome him to Netflix.”
Quote from Tendo Nagenda, Vice President of Netflix Film: "Pete makes movies that captivate and thrill us. He can put a fresh spin on classic and beloved characters like he did with Spenser Confidential, as well as find and tell original stories that entertain the world. We're thrilled to have him and Film 44 officially at Netflix."
Berg and Netflix film chief, Scott Stuber, have a long history of working together including films Patriot’s Day and Kingdom.
ABOUT PETER BERG
Peter Berg is a director, producer, actor, and founder of Film Forties (a production company specializing in creating scripted, non-scripted and branded entertainment).
Under his scripted entertainment banner, Film 44, Peter has written and directed feature films The Rundown (2003), Friday Night Lights (2004), The Kingdom (2007), Hancock (2008), Battleship (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), Deepwater Horizon (2016), Patriots Day (2016), Mile 22 (2018) and Spenser Confidential (2020). Berg also created the popular television adaptation of his feature film, Friday Night Lights. Additionally, Berg served as Executive Producer and Director of two acclaimed HBO series' The Leftovers and Ballers.
Through Film 45 (non-scripted entertainment) and Film 47 (commercial / branded entertainment), Berg has helmed projects ranging from Super Bowl commercials to documentaries and docu-series. His non-scripted projects include QB1: Beyond The Lights (Netflix), The Keepers (Netflix), State of Play (HBO), and more. His commercial brand clients include the NFL, Verizon, Microsoft, Blue Origin, Ford, Frito Lay and The United States Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines.
Berg is owner of Churchill Boxing Club (a boxing gym based in Santa Monica), as well as Churchill Management, a management company whose clients include World Championship fighter, Regis Prograis, Alex Saucedo, and Austin Ammo Williams.
Key upcoming projects for Berg include directing a feature documentary on Rihanna for Amazon and directing Netflix's Painkiller, a scripted drama about the origins of Purdue Pharma and the opioid epidemic.