Howard Berger, co-founder of special make-up effects studio KNB EFX Group Inc., was recently elected to the 2019-20 Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He will assume this post on July 1.

Howard Berger

Berger has worked as a make-up artist for over 35 years—starting as a teenager working for Stan Winston on PredatorAliens and Pumpkinhead. He worked for his idol Rick Baker on Harry and the Hendersons. In 1988 he formed KNB with his best friend and business partner Gregory Nicotero. Berger has won an Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy and Saturn Award through his career. His favorite films he has worked on are Army of Darkness, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Hitchcock, which again he was nominated for an Oscar. He continues to work as a department head and educate the next generation of make-up artists.

Howard Berger and Chad Coleman as Klyden in The Orville

Newly elected to the Board:

Ellen Kuras, Cinematographers Branch
Ruth Elaine Carter, Costume Designers Branch
Donna Gigliotti, Executives Branch
Howard Berger, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Eric Roth, Writers Branch

Re-elected to the Board: 

Laura Dern, Actors Branch
David Rubin, Casting Directors Branch
Steven Spielberg, Directors Branch
Roger Ross Williams, Documentary Branch
Nancy Utley, Marketing and Public Relations Branch
Laura Karpman, Music Branch
Mark Johnson, Producers Branch
Jan Pascale, Production Design Branch
Kevin Collier, Sound Branch
Craig Barron, Visual Effects Branch

The academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The Board of Governors sets the academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

For a full list of the 2018-2019 academy governors, click here.

Maxine Morris and Berger doing finals on The Orville

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