Lee Berger is the senior executive for Rhythm & Hues’ Film division, the Academy-Award®-winning visual effects and animation studio whose work is featured in more than 140 Hollywood movies. Lee has spearheaded the studio’s efforts to augment their traditional effects and animation service business model by negotiating partnerships with major movie distributors. Rhythm & Hues’ first entry into this arena was with Warner Bros. Pictures on “Yogi Bear.” To date, that co-venture has grossed over US$200 million worldwide. Lee is also the chief executive officer of East Grand Films, a film investment fund created, sponsored and managed by R&H to co-finance and co-produce major Hollywood feature films for the global market.
Lee’s production career spans over 30 years, including a stint as a White House cameraman. After early jobs with John Dykstra’s Apogee Productions and commercial director Bruce Dorn, he became a freelance visual effects producer in 1993 on “Batman Forever,” followed by assignments on “Titanic” and “Volcano.”
In 1997, Lee joined VIFX as vice president of production, and when the company merged with Rhythm & Hues in 1999, he was appointed executive producer of the R&H Film Division, a position he held for eight years before being named president of the division in 2006.
Lee recently co-authored a chapter on Visual Effects in The Oxford Handbook of Film & Media Studies with Richard Hollander, Rhythm & Hues’ senior visual effects supervisor. Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Radio, TV and Film program.