Greg Berlanti is an American film and television writer, producer and director. He is well known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, Political Animals; and for his vast contributions to DC Comics, including The CW's Arrowverse.
He 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. He has Italian and Irish ancestry. He described his early life in an August 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly: "We were Italians in a town of WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant)" and his family was not "doing as well as 90% 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 LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers (who had also represented the United States men's national soccer team between 2004–2011) 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.
Greg 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 most critically acclaimed dramas, Everwood and Jack & Bobby.
He created and produced the ABC legal drama Eli Stone and the USA family drama Political Animals.
He directed the 2010 film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, and produced Pan (2015) for Warner Bros. under his Berlanti Productions banner. The film was released October 9, 2015. He also wrote Wrath of the Titans (2012) and produces The Mysteries of Laura, an American adaptation of the Spanish television series, for NBC, and Riverdale (2017) for The CW.
Berlanti co-wrote and co-produced the DC Comics film Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. As the film was not critically nor financially successful, any further releases planned were cancelled. It has since been announced that a rebooted version of the character is in development as a part of the DC Extended Universe.
In May 2016, Berlanti discussed his involvement in a Booster Gold feature film that is currently in development, as producer and possibly as director as well. Zack Stentz is signed to the project as screenwriter.
In December 2011, it was announced that, along with Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, Berlanti would create, write, and produce a series for The CW based on Green Arrow, called Arrow. In May 2012, it was picked up to series and premiered on October 10, of that year. On July 30, 2013, it was announced at the summer TCA tour that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns would be introducing Barry Allen in the second season of Arrow, with the possibility of the character being spun off to his own series. Actor Grant Gustin was cast and made his debut in episode 8, "The Scientist", to public and critical acclaim. In November 2013, The CW officially ordered a pilot for The Flash. In May 2014, the network picked the project up to series to premiere in the autumn of that year. It premiered on October 7, 2014; preceding the third season premiere of Arrow on October 8, 2014.
On February 26, 2015, it was announced that Berlanti, along with Guggenheim and Kreisberg, would write/executive produce a spin-off series featuring The Atom (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Martin Stein (Victor Garber), and The White Canary (Caity Lotz), for a potential 2016 premiere. The series was ultimately titled Legends of Tomorrow, and it will follow the ragtag team of heroes and villains as they travel through time and space on a mission to stop the devious immortal Vandal Savage.
On September 4, 2014, it was reported that Berlanti would executive produce a re-imagining of the origin of Supergirl, to be written by The New Normal and Chuck alum Ali Adler. Flash co-creator Johns is also involved with development. On September 19, 2014, it was reported that CBS had made a series commitment to Supergirl. It was also announced that Berlanti would co-write the first episode.
After its first season, the show moved from being shown on CBS to being shown on the CW (the same network where other DC shows The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow air).
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- ↑ Kinser, Jermey (September 13, 2010). "Flash of Genius". The Advocate. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- ↑ "NORTHWESTERN ALUMNI TAKE HOME EMMY AWARDS". Northwestern School of Communication. September 24, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- ↑ Halterman, Jim (August 19, 2014). "Greg Berlanti Talks "The Flash" Excitement & Loving Robbie Rogers". The Backlot. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- ↑ Rogers, Robbie (February 14, 2016). "robbierogers Happy Valentines Day!!! Thank you to all the men and women who made it possible for me to be able to share my life with the man I love. xRR @gberlanti". Instagram. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
- ↑ "Greg Berlanti Welcomes a Son via Surrogate: 'My Heart Is Full Forever'". People Magazine. February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- ↑ Rogers, Robbie (December 31, 2016). "robbierogers Thank you to everyone before us that made this moment possible... I feel extremely lucky and blessed to end 2016 engaged to the love of my life. ❤ Happy New Year!". Instagram. Retrieved January 01, 2017.
- ↑ "'The Flash,' 'Arrow' Producer Greg Berlanti: "I Still Fight About Everything"". Hollywood Reporter. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- ↑ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2013). "CW's 'The Flash' To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of 'Arrow' Backdoor Pilot Episode". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- ↑ Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2013). "CW Picks Up 'The Flash', 'iZombie', 'Jane the Virgin' & 'The Messengers' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- ↑ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2015). "Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-Up Spinoff In Works At CW; Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (September 4, 2014). "Supergirl TV Series in the Works". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 6, 2014.