Mumbai: Matt Bierman has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production, Warner Premiere; it was announced today by Warner Premiere president Diane Nelson.
As the company moves into its third year, Bierman will continue to work closely with Nelson to shape Warner Premiere’s direct-to-DVD creative strategy. Specifically, he will be charged with overseeing Premiere’s made-for-DVD feature slate, including identifying projects and filmmakers. The company’s most recent release, Another Cinderella Story, hits streets on 16 Sep. Prior to his promotion, Bierman served as vice president production.
"The direct-to-consumer business continues to evolve every day, and is an important part of Warner Premiere’s success in this challenging yet exciting environment," said Nelson. "This promotion is recognition of Bierman’s talent and creativity as well as the many contributions he’s made to the company since joining us. I look forward to working with him in this expanded role."
Before that Bierman was a production executive with Paramount’s DVD Premieres group, overseeing such films as Broken Bridges, VH1’s Totally Awesome and Save the Last Dance II. Bierman has also served as executive vice president production at Phoenix Pictures and was senior vice president production at Village Roadshow Pictures.
In between working at Paramount and Warner Premiere, Bierman co-wrote and executive produced the poker comedy The Grand, directed by Zak Penn, starring Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano and Cheryl Hinds. Bierman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.
Warner Premiere’s production activities focus on releases that are either sequels or prequels to existing titles or brands in the Warner Bros. library; titles that expand the storyline of projects currently in production on the Studio’s feature slate; or projects that leverage an established creator, talent, character or brand equity. Highlights of the company’s 2008 release schedule include Batman Gotham Knight, Lost Boys The Tribe, Another Cinderella Story, and the upcoming The Clique and Watchmen: Tales of the Black Frieghter.