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Peter Berg serves as executive producer on NBC's new ensemble medical drama series, "Trauma."
Berg is a prolific talent with a taste for challenging material, whether as a writer, director, producer or actor. He made his feature film directorial debut with the cult favorite "Very Bad Things," starring Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau and Christian Slater. Berg went on to direct the action hit "The Rundown," starring The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken.
In 2004, Berg co-wrote and directed the film "Friday Night Lights," based on the best-selling novel about Texas football by H.G. Bissinger. The film earned countless accolades and was selected as one of the movies of the year by the American Film Institute as well as being named one of the top 10 films of 2004 by David Ansen of Newsweek. Berg followed up the success of "Friday Night Lights" with "The Kingdom," a Michael Mann-produced political thriller set in Saudi Arabia with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. His latest film, "Hancock," starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman, was one of the biggest grossing films of 2008.
For television, Berg is the creator and executive producer of NBC's Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning drama "Friday Night Lights." He also created, wrote, produced and directed the drama series "Wonderland." Berg also wrote and directed episodes of David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series "Chicago Hope," in which he also starred for three seasons as the cocky, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.
Recently, Berg directed the Super Bowl Hulu.com commercial featuring Alec Baldwin, which both the New York Times and Time Magazine named "best spot" of Super Bowl XLIII.
Berg's interest in performing began when, as a child, he attended Broadway plays twice a month with his parents. He studied theatre at Macalester College in Minneapolis, where he appeared in several theatrical productions, including "Flibberty Gibbet" and "Tartuffe."
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his son, Emmett, and their dog, Bonnie.