“Greg Berlanti is a renaissance producer whose shows and characters have the unique power to strike a chord with global audiences across all genres and demographics,” said Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner. “We look forward to honoring his remarkable body of work with our Founders Award.”
Multi-hyphenate Berlanti is best known for his work as executive producer and co-creator of The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, known as the CW’s Arrowverse. Berlanti also serves as executive producer on The CW’s Riverdale, Black Lightning, and NBC’s Blindspot. Upcoming television projects via his Berlanti Productions banner include Lifetime’s straight-to-series thriller You; the live-action version of DC Entertainment’s Titans; and ABC’s new series Deception; the untitled Sabrina series for Netflix, based on the original television series. Berlanti Productions surpassed its own record this year, with eleven television productions on the air across multiple major networks.
Berlanti started in television as a staff writer on the hit show Dawson’s Creek where he was promoted to showrunner by his second year on the series. Since then, Berlanti has served as creator, writer, and producer behind several of the most creative and praised television series in history including WB’s Everwood and Jack & Bobby, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone (for which he was nominated for a WGA award), and Dirty, Sexy, Money, and the USA Network’s mini-‐series Political Animals (for which he was nominated for a WGA, DGA and Golden Globe award).
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized this year by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the Founders Award. Knowing that our shows are reaching a global audience is incredibly rewarding. I endeavor to continue to be a part of meaningful and entertaining content that resonates with a worldwide fanbase,” said Berlanti.