Roadside Attractions has hired Miramax and Mandalay veteran Jennifer Berman as its SVP Acquisitions, Co-Productions and Development. She will head feature film acquisitions, development from scripting to final stages, and oversee production working with Roadside’s partners. She’ll have a hand in film production and acquisitions from the early stages at Roadside, which first dove into feature production with last year’s Oscar-nommed All Is Lost from J.C. Chandor. Upcoming titles include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man and Craig Johnson’s Sundance Waldo Salt Award winner The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.
Berman arrives with two decades of studio experience beginning with an 11-year stint at Miramax, where she worked her way up to SVP Production and exec produced Best Picture Oscar-winner Chicago and 2004’s Shall We Dance. Berman also founded Harvey Weinstein’s theater division and helped oversee Weinstein’s interests in Broadway and West End productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Sam Mendes’ Gypsy, and Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Full Monty. In 2011 she joined Mandalay Vision as SVP Production, exec producing Dark Places, adapted from Gillian Flynn’s New York Times bestseller. On the TV side, Berman produced the first three seasons of Project Runway for Miramax and Bravo, earning an Emmy nod. She then jumped to De Line Pictures on the Warner Bros lot as the company’s EVP, moved to The Shuman Company where she oversaw TV production, and was a consultant on Ira Glass’ This American Life.