Bruce Berman is stepping down as chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures, the company behind hits like “The Matrix,” “The Joker” and “Age of Tomorrow.” After 24 years of running he left.
“I am incredibly grateful for the introduction of VRP and for influencing our films and franchises not only in popular culture, but also in the art of filmmaking,” Burman said. “I am fortunate to have worked with some talented artists from the back and front of the camera and look forward to embracing the experience I have gained and transforming it into the next stage of my career.”
Berman, a lawyer by training, worked under legendary MPAA chief Jack Valenti before becoming Peter Guber’s assistant at Casablanca Filmworks.
He later moved to Universal Pictures, where he served as VP of Productions before being caught by Warner Bros. At Warners, he will climb the ladder of becoming the head of global drama production before leaving the studio to launch Plan B Entertainment.
He joined the Village Roadshow in 1997. The projects that the Burmese company worked with Warner Bros. were instrumental in the upcoming “Matrix: The Resurrection” scheduled for release this December and the next installment in the Mad Max franchise. , “Furiosa.” Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, the Burman executive “Oceans 11” franchise, Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”; Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper”; And the original “Lego Movie” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Steve Mosco, CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment, added: “Bruce was instrumental in creating the Village Roadshow picture. He has done a great job building and maintaining our long-standing relationship with Warner Bros. and we look forward to seeing and supporting his next endeavor.