Berg made his feature film directorial debut (from his own original screenplay) on the 1998 cult favorite 'Very Bad Things,' which starred Cameron Diaz, John Favreau and Christian Slater and earned kudos at both the Deauville (France) and San Sebastian (Spain) Film Festivals. He went on to direct the actioner 'The Rundown' starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Christopher Walken, and returned to the action genre with the war drama 'The Kingdom,' which starred Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. In 2009, he directed the action hit 'Hancock,' starring Will Smith in the title role as well as 'Battleship,' which hit theaters worldwide in 2012. He also executive produced the offbeat independent comedy, 'Lars and the Real Girl,' starring Ryan Gosling.
Berg is also known for his fierce portrait of high school football in the 2004 film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's blistering bestseller, 'Friday Night Lights,' which toplined Billy Bob Thornton. The film's success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed TV series of the same name, which aired for five seasons and garnered multiple Emmy nominations and wins. In addition to serving as the series' executive producer, Berg also directed several episodes of the show, including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned an Emmy nomination as Best Director. As one of the series' writers, he also shared a Writers Guild nomination for Best New Series.
Berg was the Creator/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed HBO Documentary Series 'On Freddie Roach.' He executive produced NBC's police procedural drama 'Prime Suspect,' which starred Maria Bello and executive produced the medical drama series, 'Trauma.' Berg previously created and executive produced the ABC drama series 'Wonderland,' for which he also wrote and directed episodes. He got his start as a writer and director on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series 'Chicago Hope,' on which he starred for three seasons as the brash, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.
In addition to directing the 2012 sea adventure 'Battleship,' the New York native (and son of a Naval historian) also develops projects under his Film 44 banner. Berg recently released 'Lone Survivor,' the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's gut-wrenching true tale of an ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan that killed Luttrell's three Navy SEAL comrades and nearly cost him his own life. HBO recently premiered his sports documentary series 'State of Play,' which he executive produced and serves as moderator for each episode's panel discussion.