Gail Berman made history as part of the youngest team of producers in Broadway history before becoming a television executive known for her genius in picking hit shows and turning failing networks around. In 1979, Berman’s college friend Susan Rose suggested they co-produce Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Washington DC’s Ford Theater. They raised $150,000, made the show, and moved it to Broadway in 1982, earning seven Tony nominations before Berman was twenty-three. They went on to produce several other acclaimed plays before Berman became a television producer first for HBO and then the production company Sandollar, where she became president and chief executive producer overseeing shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Roswell. She helped found Recent Television, which backed Malcolm in the Middle, before becoming president of failing network Fox Entertainment in 2000, promoting executives from within to stabilize the company and pursuing reality shows like American Idol. She moved to Paramount Pictures in 2005 before founding her own company, BermanBraun, which produces both traditional television and YouTube shows, in 2007.
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