Director Edward Berger signs with Sweetshop

2018_07_13_CS_GESCHWISTER_EDWARD_0072_Farbe kopieren.jpegSweetshop has signed International Emmy-winning director Edward Berger for representation globally. Edward is now available for commercial and long-form projects from New Zealand.

Berger's Patrick Melrose series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Jason Leigh, picked up five Emmy nominations, including Best Director and Best Limited Series. He also directed the two-hour series premiere of this year's AMC series The Terror. Set in 1848 to chronicle a Royal Naval expedition to the treacherous Northwest Passage, the series was an incredible technical undertaking.

Past credits include landmark series Deutschland '83, which aired to rave reviews on Channel 4 and gained international success, winning an International Emmy for Best Drama; and the feature film Jack, premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Director and Best Picture at the German Director's Guild Awards, as well as the German Academy Award in Silver for Best Picture.
He wrote and directed his first feature Gomez in 1997 and in 2012 he won the prestigious German Grimme Award for his film A Good Summer. Born 1970 in Germany, Berger graduated in directing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1994.

At the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival Edward was named one of 'Ten Europeans to Watch' by Variety Magazine.

Berger recently wrapped his next feature film entitled All My Loving, which he wrote and directed and which aims for a Spring 2019 release. He will also direct the psychological thriller Rio starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch later in 2019.

Commercially, Berger is responsible for the satirical 'Die Limo' campaign for Granini, starring German TV personalities Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf.

Says Fiona King, managing director of Sweetshop Auckland: "To get to know the incredible talent of Edward Berger, watch 'Deutschland '83' first, then switch over to 'Patrick Melrose', just for starters and you'll experience his directorial diversity. We are thrilled to have him on our roster and look forward to sharing the experience with agencies and clients."

Says Berger: "As I love to dive into different aspects of filmmaking on every new project I embark on, I am hugely excited to broaden my mind with commercial work and I'm humbled by the endless possibilities Sweetshop's global network will offer me."

Watch Edward's recent work here.

To work with Edward in New Zealand, contact Fiona: fiona@thesweetshop.tv.

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