Fox Networks Group is back in business with Gail Berman — they’re partnering to launch a new production company called The Jackal Group. Berman, a former Fox Broadcasting president, will develop and produce scripted, unscripted and factual entertainment programming for FNG’s channels, including Fox Broadcasting Company, FX/FXX, the National Geographic Channels, and Fox International Channels.
The partnership also will look for digital and feature film opportunities for non-21st Century Fox distribution entities. Additionally, Jackal Group will draw on Berman’s background in theater in creating and developing concepts for live, theatrical entertainment. Berman will have an equity stake in the independent venture, and will serve as Chairman and CEO; she will report to the new entity’s board, on which she will serve as a director, alongside FNG chairman and CEO Peter Rice, who made today’s announcement, and FNG president and COO Randy Freer.
Berman is one of the few media executives to hold the top posts at both a major film studio and a broadcast television network. She was named president of Paramount Pictures in March 2005. Before joining Paramount, she served from 2000-2005 as president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company where she is credited with taking the network to the top of the ratings for the first time in its history, developing and producing American Idol, 24, House, Arrested Development, Bones, and Family Guy, among other programs.
Prior to Fox, Berman was founding president of Regency Television — the TV studio created in 1998 as a co-venture between Fox Television Studios and New Regency Productions. Under Berman, Regency produced Fox hit Malcolm In The Middle. Earlier, as President and CEO of Sandollar Television, Berman served as executive producer of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Berman began her career as a theater producer. Most recently, she spent seven years as co-founder and co-owner of media company BermanBraun. She is currently producing the six-episode event series Dig for USA Network through Tecumseh Productions.