Gail Berman Signs First Look Deal With Fox 2000

The producer’s company The Jackal Group has several film and TV projects in development

Gail Berman has signed a first-look feature film production deal with Fox 2000 under her Jackal Group banner, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Berman formed The Jackal Group in conjunction with Fox Networks Group (FNG) to develop and produce scripted, unscripted and factual entertainment programming for various networks including Fox, FX and FXX, as well as the National Geographic Channels and Fox International Channels.

The partnership, which came together last June, was also designed to provide opportunities in digital and feature films as well as live theatrical entertainment.

Berman was named president of Paramount Pictures in March 2005. Before joining Paramount, Berman served from 2000 to 2005 as president of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. She helped develop and produce “American Idol,” “24,” “House,” “Arrested Development,” “Bones” and “Family Guy.”

Prior to Fox, Berman served as founding president of Regency Television, the TV studio created in 1998 as a co-venture between Fox Television Studios and New Regency Productions.

Most recently, Berman spent seven years as co-founder and co-owner of the media company BermanBraun, which created and operated online brands. The company’s properties have also included numerous reality and scripted programs, live-action and animated film projects.

The Jackal Group’s in-development feature slate includes a Baz Luhrmann-diected Elvis Presley biopic set up at Warner Bros, which TheWrap was the first to report, and Sony’s “The Runner,” a biopic of Jesse Owens with Antoine Fuqua attached to direct.