Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
GREG BASSER is Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG), one of the world’s leading independent global feature film entertainment companies. VREG consists of Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP) and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia (VREGA).
Basser joined Village Roadshow Limited (VRL) as Director, Commercial & Legal in 1999, and was appointed Group Executive in Charge of Production in 2001 and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Group in 2005. Basser was responsible for all film production activities of VRL as well as all business and legal affairs of Village Roadshow Limited, including responsibility for the establishment of the Golden Village and Warner Village cinema circuits in Asia and for International Theme Parks at VRL. Basser also served as Director of most of VRL’s subsidiaries.
He relocated to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Australia in 2006, as CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Group and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.
Prior to joining VRL, Basser was the managing partner and head of the media and entertainment group at Thomson Geer (previously Herbert, Geer & Rundle), where he extensively represented VRL. Basser helped guide the public listing of VRL in 1988 and all of the group’s major acquisitions, capital raisings, financing, corporate and joint venture transactions since 1986. He was also instrumental in the establishment of VRPG and its production finance facility, which today sits at US$775 million.
VRP has released 98 Hollywood films (86 in partnership with Warner Bros.) since 1998 with Global Box Office receipts to date in excess of US$16 billion. 13 of those films have been produced in Australia including the Matrix Trilogy, Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Legends of the Guardians, The Great Gatsby, Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas.
VREG Asia produces films in Chinese as co-productions with Chinese companies for release in China.
Basser has extensive international business, commercial and legal experience spanning the United States, China, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, South East Asia and elsewhere throughout the Asia-Pacific.
In 2016, Greg was awarded the Qantas Orry-Kelly International Award by Australians in Film for his success in and contribution to the international film industry.
Basser holds a Bachelor of Arts (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Law from Monash University.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures
BRUCE BERMAN is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has successful joint partnerships with Warner Bros. Pictures and other major studios to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has executive produced recent hits such as as Clint Eastwood’s Sully, starring Tom Hanks; George Miller‘s Oscar winning Mad Max: Fury Road; San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson; director Clint Eastwood‘s Oscar nominated American Sniper; and The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Berman has served as executive producer on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio; Guy Ritchie’s hit action-adventure Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law and its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; the acclaimed drama Gran Torino, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; Eastwood‘s Mystic River starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar winning performances; the Ocean’s trilogy, with all-star casts led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt and directed by Steven Soderbergh; and Training Day, for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar.
The initial slate of films under the partnership with Warner Bros. included such hits as Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Analyze This, teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; Three Kings, starring Clooney; Space Cowboys, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and Miss Congeniality, starring Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Berman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1975 with a degree in United States History, after previously attending Cal Arts Film School and Bennington College. He got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, he landed a job with Peter Guber at Casablanca Films in 1978. He then worked his way up to a production Vice President at Universal Pictures in 1982, where he supervised John Hughes’ first two films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989, and in 1991 was named to the post of President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, which he held through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as Presumed Innocent, Goodfellas, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Driving Miss Daisy, Batman Forever, Under Siege, Malcolm X, The Bodyguard, JFK, The Fugitive, Dave, Disclosure, The Pelican Brief, Outbreak, The Client, A Time to Kill, and Twister.
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company at Warner Bros. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia
ELLEN ELIASOPH is the President and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA). She joined VRPA in 2011 after having worked in the Asia filmed entertainment sector for two decades.
In her role of President and CEO of VRPA, Ms. Eliasoph leads the company in its business of identifying, developing, financing, producing, marketing and distributing feature films which are filmed principally in Chinese and widely distributed in the Chinese-speaking markets.
Ms. Eliasoph became the first Hollywood executive to be based in China when she established Warner Bros.’ Beijing office in 1993. She imported The Fugitive to China as the first Hollywood revenue-sharing film. During her long tenure as Managing Director, Warner Bros. Pictures China, Ms. Eliasoph arranged and managed the China releases of the Matrix and Harry Potter series and many other blockbusters, and served as the Warner Bros. production executive on many Sino-foreign co-productions, including Johnnie To’s Turn Left, Turn Right; The Painted Veil, which starred Edward Norton and Naomi Watts; and Ning Hao’s Crazy Stone and Crazy Racer.
Ms. Eliasoph has pioneered the creation of the deal structures by which Sino-foreign co-productions are developed, produced and exploited. Since joining VRPA, she has established and led the company’s China production efforts. VRPA’s first two releases, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West（西游降魔篇) and Leste Chen’s Say Yes! (101次求婚), dominated China’s box office during the February 2013 Chinese New Year period, breaking several records in the process. VRPA’s other released films include Man of Tai Chi (太极侠), Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal ( 钟馗：雪妖魔灵), Mountain Cry (喊山), and Hide and Seek (捉迷藏).
Ms. Eliasoph is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College and a graduate of Yale Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She first came to China as a member of the initial group of American students to study in China following normalization of U.S./China diplomatic relations. Long committed to the cause of cross-cultural cooperation between the U.S. and China, Ms. Eliasoph was one of the co-founders and producers of the U.S.A. Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.