Thursday, May 24, 2018

Happy Birthday to 'Love, Simon' Director, TV Producer and Writer Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti was born today, May 24, in 1972. He is an Uberproducer and is the busiest man in show business. He recently set a record for having 14 series on the air. He is known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Brothers and Sisters, Political Animals, and for his many contributions to DC Comics on film and television, including The CW's Arrowverse.  Berlanti also directed the acclaimed 2018 LGBTQ romantic comedy-drama film Love, Simon (shown below with the film's star Nick Robinson).

Berlanti made his feature film directorial debut with The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film focused on "the universal themes of romance, acceptance and family", as opposed to AIDS, coming out, and sex, which are more controversial and stereotypical topics commonly covered in LGBQT films. The film grossed more than 2 million in ticket sales, and received generally positive reviews from critics.

Berlanti got his start in television as a writer and executive producer on Dawson's Creek before going on to create two of The WB's drama series, 2002's Everwood and 2004's Jack & Bobby. He created and produced the 2008 ABC legal drama Eli Stone and the 2012 USA miniseries Political Animals. For NBC, he has produced The Mysteries of Laura,  that premiered in 2014, and Blindspot which premiered in 2015.

Berlanti directed the 2010 film Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. He produced the film Pan for Warner Brothers under his Berlanti Productions banner; the film was released in 2015.

According to Variety, "Berlanti added to his already overfull plate with three new broadcast series (CBS’ “God Friended Me” and “The Red Line” and The CW’s “All-American”), the digital series “Doom Patrol” for DC Universe — and only faced one cancellation (ABC’s “Deception”)." Additionally, Variety reports, Berlanti has optioned the rights to Mackenzi Lee’s historical young adult novel The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue — that features a bisexual protagonist.

Berlanti was born in Rye, New York. 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 percent of the community." The Berlanti Television production logo, which follows each episode of shows he produces, features a family with their backs to the audience and the spoken quote, "Greg, move your head!" This is an homage to Berlanti's father, Gene, who would yell at Greg when he was blocking the television screen. Berlanti graduated from Northwestern University in 1994.

Berlanti has been in a relationship with ex-LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers (with Berlanti at right) since mid-2013. On February 18, 2016, Berlanti and Rogers welcomed their first son via surrogacy, Caleb Berlanti. On December 31, 2016, Rogers and Berlanti announced they had become engaged; and they wed on December 2, 2017.

Below are the 14 current shows Berlanti has in production:

Arrow -- On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a seventh season.

The Flash -- On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.

Blindspot -- On May 10, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season.

Supergirl -- On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season.

Legends of Tomorrow -- The series premiered in January 2016 and has been renewed for a fourth season beginning in late 2018.

Riverdale -- On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a third season

Black Lightning -- On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the show for a second season.

Titans -- Premiering this year.

You -- Set to premier in September

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina -- Netflix to release this year.

All American -- to debut on The CW during the 2018–19 season.

God Friended Me -- It was ordered to series on May 11, 2018.

The Red Line -- It was ordered to series on May 11, 2018.

Doom Patrol -- Set for 2019.

1 comment:

Sooo-this-is-me said...

It's actually interesting because I like a lot of his shows, I felt there was a hidden celebration of male sexuality in most of them. Even though I was not aware that a gay man was behind them, it was a female friend who kept telling me that I should watch Arrow, The Flash etc. He uses a lot of gay male actors, straight male actors who have played gay roles and he incorporates gay couples into the shows. It's great to see this, plus how cute of a couple does he and his partner make!