Jonathan Berman

Last updated on 01/18/17

Experienced, well-traveled Field Producer/Director/Shooter. Comfortable in a number of genres, with a specialization in Law Enforcement/High Risk and Extreme Environments. Additional backgrounds in post-production facility management and events management. PRESS (please cut and paste) Part I: … Read more


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Credits and Employment History

Freelance Field Producer/Shooter
• Big Fish Entertainment - “Live PD”: An A&E project presenting police forces across the country in a series of live broadcasts (2016, '17).

• Shark Teeth Films - “Rugged Justice/North Woods Law: Washington State” (Senior Field Producer): An Animal Planet series adventuring across Washington State with various units of the Department of Fish and Wildlife (2014, '15).

• Original Media - “Swamp People”: Documenting the lives of alligator hunters in the Louisiana bayou for History (2014).

• Discovery Studios - “Alaska: The Last Frontier”: A Discovery reality series showing the adventures of a homesteading clan in rural Alaska (2014).

• ITV Studios - “The First 48”: An A&E series following the first 48 hours (and beyond) of homicide investigations (2004, ‘06, ‘08, '10-'11, '13).

• RelativityReal - “Policewomen of Dallas”: An OWN series chronicling professional and personal lives of Dallas’s Finest (2012).

• Jarrett Creative Group - “Boston's Finest”: A TNT series following the Boston Police Department (2012).

• MorningStar Entertainment - “Hell On The Highway” (Senior Field Producer): A National Geographic Channel series documenting the realities of the tow truck drivers who work the notorious winter-time Donner Summit area, alongside the state agencies of the California Highway Patrol and CalTrans (2012).

• Double Act Productions - “Cops and Coyotes/U.S. Drug Wars”: A Discovery ID/Discovery series exploring the efforts of various law enforcement agencies along the US southwestern border to combat drug and human trafficking (2011).

• Baby Jake Media – “Party Heat”: truTV series following law enforcement marine units policing Spring Break (2009).

• Optomen Productions - “Engineering Nature”: A Discovery series exploring hurricanes (flying into Hurricane Gustave with the US Air Force and NOAA) and earthquakes (profiling the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth project). Also, "Life in the Solar System" (2008).

• Hybrid Films – “Parking Wars”: A reality series on A&E following the Philadelphia Parking Authority and its various interactions with the public (2008).

• Jupiter Entertainment – “The Human Weapon - Silat: Martial Art of Malaysia” (Director): A host-driven martial arts show for The History Channel (2007).

• Tiger Aspect USA – “Rookies”: An A&E series following rookie cops and their Field Training Officers (2007).

• BBC America NY – “Honey, We’re Killing The Kids”: A host-driven nutritional makeover show for The Learning Channel (2005, ’06, ‘07).

• Leopard Films – “Ransom Squad”: An A&E one hour special following Sao Paulo’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit (2006).

• Various projects for Story House Productions ("Bounty Boys"), RDF USA ("All Worked Up" - truTV), as well as the NY Times TV Unit/Discovery Times Channel, BBC UK (“Rock Docs - Blondie”), BBC World Wide (“You’re The One I Want” - NBC), Leopard Films USA (“Missing: Vegas”), Tiger Aspect USA (“Party Heat - Bayou Blast” - truTV) (2005 - ’12).

• Granada Entertainment USA NY – “CAUGHT!”. Series Field Producer for Court TV covert surveillance reality series (2004). AP/Additional camera for pilots of the above series (2003).

• New York Times Television – “The Critical Hour”. AP/Additional camera for Discovery Health Channel medical reality series (2002).

The Shooting Gallery
* Studios Manager - Responsible for management and scheduling of GFH Studios (including Mix Stage, ADR, and Foley), screening rooms, and engineers. Direct oversight of the Production Desk staff, attending to the operational and administrative needs of the overall facility, the various divisions (Dubs, Editorial, Engineering, Post Supervision, Screenings, Studios, Telecine), and their respective clients (2000-2001).

BB Productions, NY/Japan
* As an independent concert producer, conceived, booked, produced, promoted, and managed all aspects of tours in Japan (1996-98).

Aoyama Enterprise Inc., Japan
* Coordinated the production and promotion of concerts and sports events for Aoyama Enterprise Inc. in Japan. Assisted in representing and managing foreign entertainers and athletes working on location. Organized tour logistics; oversaw artist/athlete care; handled international liaison and negotiations, document translation, and spoken interpretation; developed marketing strategies. Contributed to sponsorship, licensing, merchandising, copyright, trademark, and TV commercial contract negotiations. Acted as a cross-cultural consultant/advisor and worked with a broad range of professional counterparts in diverse fields from four continents (1993-96).


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations--Magna cum Laude

International Education Center, Tokyo, Advanced Level Japanese

School for International Studies, Brattleboro, Vermont

College Semester Abroad: Japan

The Japan Foundation, Tokyo

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Other Skills/Additional Information

* Martial Arts (4th Dan)/Combatives Seminar Instructor - NY, US Air Force Academy, Japan.

* Certified Principles Level Coach/Core Coach - Blauer Tactical Systems. Additional certifications in Weapons Protection, Ballistic Microfights, Tactical Groundfighting, and Multiple Assailants.

* Fight Choreography – “Prayer to a Vengeful God” (independent film), “Sole Proprietor” (independent film), numerous stage productions.

* Technicolor - Assisted in build-out of Technicolor Creative Services facility, NY (2003).