Monty Berman

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Monty Berman
Born
Nestor Montague Berman

(1913-08-16)16 August 1913
Died14 June 2006(2006-06-14) (aged 92)
Occupation Producer
Cinematographer
Camera operator
Director

Nestor Montague "Monty" Berman (16 August 1913 in Whitechapel, London, England [1] - 14 June 2006 in London, England) was a British cinematographer and film and television producer.

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Early career

Berman began his film career as a camera assistant at Twickenham Film Studios when he was 17. He became a camera operator in 1934, working for the Associated British Picture Corporation at Teddington Studios, and later for the comedy producers Ealing Studios. [2]

Focus puller Photography

A focus puller or first assistant camera is a member of a film crew's camera department whose primary responsibility is to maintain image sharpness on whatever subject or action is being filmed.

Camera operator professional operator of a film or video camera

A camera operator, or depending on the context cameraman or camerawoman, is a professional operator of a film camera or video camera as part of a film crew. The term "cameraman" does not imply that a male is performing the task.

Associated British Picture Corporation film production company

Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), originally British International Pictures (BIP), was a British film production, distribution and exhibition company active from 1927 until 1970 when it was absorbed into EMI. ABPC also owned approximately 500 cinemas in Britain by 1943. The studio was partly owned by Warner Bros. from about 1940 until 1969; the American company also owned a stake in ABPC's distribution arm, Warner-Pathé, from 1958. It formed one half of a vertically integrated film industry duopoly in Britain with the Rank Organisation.

When World War II came, Berman was allowed to continue his craft in an army film unit. There, he met and befriended Robert S. Baker, with whom he would go on to form a lifelong business partnership.

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Robert Sidney Baker was a British film and television producer, who at times was also a cinematographer and director. Born in London and serving as an artillery man in the British Army, he was posted to North Africa, where he became involved in the army's film and photographic unit, later serving as a combat cameraman in Europe.

In 1948, they founded Tempean Films, which produced more than 30 B-movies in the 1950s. In 1962, Berman and Baker obtained the television rights to Leslie Charteris's The Saint . [3]

Tempean Films was a British film production company formed in 1948 by Robert Baker and Monty Berman. Tempean's output of B movies were distributed by Eros Films. The company later moved into television, adapting Leslie Charteris' series of The Saint novels, starring Roger Moore.

Leslie Charteris author

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Unable to sell the rights to Associated-Rediffusion, then Britain's largest commercial television company, Berman turned to Lew Grade's ITC. [2] This company was at that time a sister company to ATV, and had access to important export markets. [4] This allowed The Saint to do well in both Britain and in other markets. [5]

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Work with Dennis Spooner

Berman created more ITC productions, starting with The Baron , which led to a partnership with Dennis Spooner, one of the show's writers and Ray Austin, writer director. By 1967 they had launched a production company which created The Champions , Department S , its spin-off Jason King , Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) , and The Adventurer . [6]

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Dennis Spooner was an English television writer and script editor, known primarily for his programmes about fictional spies and his work in children's television in the 1960s. He had long-lasting professional working relationships with a number of other British screenwriters and producers, notably Brian Clemens, Terry Nation, Monty Berman and Richard Harris, with whom he developed several programmes. Though he was a contributor to BBC programmes, his work made him one of the most prolific writers of televised output from ITC Entertainment.

<i>The Champions</i> television series

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References

  1. British Academy of Film and Television Arts Retrieved on 14 June 2008
  2. 1 2 Vallance, David (2006-08-04). "Monty Berman". The Independent (subscription required). Independent News and Media. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  3. Gaughan, Gavin (2006-08-14). "Monty Berman". GuardianUnlimited: Film. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2006-08-20.
  4. Brockman, David (n.d.). "The Forgotten ATV". Television House: The Widespread World of Rediffusion. Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. Retrieved 2006-08-20.
  5. Bodenheimer, Dan (2004). "The Saint on TV". The Saintly Bible. The Saint Club. Retrieved 2006-08-20.
  6. Internet Movie Database entry for Monty Berman, accessed 20 August 2006