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Berlanti, Greg (b. 1972)  
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From 2007 to 2009, Berlanti served as co-executive producer, with the writer Craig Wright, of the primetime network soap opera, Dirty Sexy Money. The show, about the fictional Darling family, one of the wealthiest families in New York, featured the transgender actor Candis Cayne as the mistress to a married New York Attorney General (William Baldwin). Cayne was the first transgender person to have a recurring role on an American network television series.

In 2008, Berlanti created and produced the legal drama Eli Stone, which ran from January 2008 until July 2009.

A huge fan of the openly gay singer George Michael, Berlanti persuaded the singer to appear in several episodes of the show as himself. Additionally, each episode of the show's first season was named after one of Michael's songs.

Berlanti also served as executive producer from 2006 to 2011of the award-winning television series Brothers & Sisters.

The show, created by the gay playwright Jon Robin Baitz, centers on a politically diverse California family and prominently features several gay characters, including an openly gay attorney (Matthew Rhys), his life partner (out actor Luke Macfarlane), and his uncle (Ron Rifkin), who eventually comes out as a gay man and later in the series learns he has been infected with the HIV virus.

In addition to Macfarlane, other out actors, such as Denis O'Hare and Richard Chamberlain, had recurring roles on the series.

The show won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Drama Series from 2007 to 2010.

In 2010, Berlanti created the science fiction comedy drama No Ordinary Family. The show, about a family whose members discover they have special powers, garnered mostly favorable reviews, but was cancelled after only one season due to low ratings.

Also in 2010, Berlanti directed his second feature-length film, Life As We Know It, from a script by Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson. A rather conventional, and heterosexual, romantic comedy, the film, which stars Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl, received generally negative reviews for its "formulaic plot and poorly written script."

The following year, Berlanti produced and co-wrote the script for Green Lantern (2011), a film version of the popular DC Comics superhero series of the same name.

Explaining his interest in the film, Berlanti observed in an interview, "The thing I always really identified with about comic books--and only years later realized it had to do with my sexuality--was that they were outsiders but could look and seem like they were 'normal,' but yet they harbored this secret."

He continued, "I think that's what drew me to them and what's so emotionally evocative about them for me--that burden of feeling different. Also, so many times they're not of this world and yet they're forced to protect that world--something they're really not even totally a part of."

Berlanti has several more feature film and television series in production.

He continues to reside in Los Angeles, with his partner, the television writer Brian Young.

"It's been one of the easier, nicer parts of my life," Berlanti said of his relationship. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to just be together, whether it's going for dinner or hiking or whatever."

Craig Kaczorowski

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Keith, Bill. "Being Berlanti." Out (April 2008):

Kinser, Jeremy. "Flash of Genius." The Advocate (September 13, 2010):

Knight, Jr., Richard. "Greg Berlanti: Gay Director Looks at His 'Life'—and His Life." Windy City Times (October 6, 2010):

Weisberg, Joseph. "The Making of a President." The New York Times (September 12, 2004): 2, 80.


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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: Berlanti, Greg  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2012  
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