Warner Bros. Promotes Jon Berg, Courtenay Valenti to Run Development, Production

Berg and Valenti report to production chief Greg Silverman

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Warner Bros. has promoted Jon Berg and Courtenay Valenti to exec VP of development and production, giving them greater oversight of all development at the film studio, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. The duo will report to Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production.

Silverman executes the overall vision for development and production while Valenti and Berg will oversee the development team and budget.

“Courtenay and Jon are hands down two of the best executives in the industry, with impeccable creative sensibilities and a real love of films and filmmaking,” Silverman said in a statement.  “Courtenay has deep ties to the Warner Bros. family, and throughout her tenure has worked on some of our most successful and critically acclaimed films. And, over the last six years, Jon has repeatedly proven himself a key driver of our films’ success.”

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The promotions come in the wake of a couple departures, as both Lynn Harris and Sarah Schechter left the studio in the past month. Schechter went to work for “Arrow” producer Greg Berlanti while Harris remains a free agent.

Valenti has worked at the studio for 25 years, supervising recent hit “The Lego Movie” and past hits such as “You’ve Got Mail” and “Message in a Bottle.”

Berg has been at the studio for six, overseeing “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Argo” and the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Valenti is currently working on a reboot of “Mad Max” as well as “Focus,” which stars Will Smith, while Berg is supervising Clint Eastwood‘s “Jersey Boys” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” among many others.


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