Veteran film producer Mark Burg is the co-founder of the production company Twisted Pictures, as well the management company Evolution Entertainment, formed in 1998. Burg has compiled an impressive track record of hits, including the powerhouse horror franchise SAW, and the Emmy Award®-nominated CBS series Two and a Half Men, the top-rated sitcom on television.
With over 20 years of experience producing, Burg has compiled an impressive range of films to the screen. His early producing credits include Ron Shelton’s award-winning Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Time Robbins, as well Can’t Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey. Burg served several years as President of Island Pictures, where he produced or executive produced films including Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin and Louis Gossett, Jr.; Airheads, starring Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi; The Cure, starring Brad Renfro; Don’t Be A Menace …, starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans; B*A*P*S, starring Halle Berry and Bernie Mac; and The Gingerbread Man, directed by Robert Altman and starring Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey, Jr.
Since launching Evolution in 1998, Burg’s producing credits include the dramatic thriller John Q., starring Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall. In its thirteen-year history, Evolution has grown into a mid-sized talent and literary management company, handling writers, directors and actors. The company is also active in television, with Burg serving as executive producer of Two and a Half Men. In 2004, Burg produced Saw, an immediate cultural sensation and one of that year’s most profitable films; the film’s success led to a distribution deal with Lionsgate and the subsequent formation of Twisted Pictures.
In 2005, he produced Saw II, which opened at #1 on Halloween weekend and became the year’s top-grossing horror movie. Saw III opened at #1 in North America, the U.K. and Australia the weekend of October 27, 2006. The company also produced Dead Silence by Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell for Universal Pictures. Recent Twisted releases include the horror/thriller Catacombs, which premiered in October 2007, and Saw IV which opened # 1 at the box-office on October 26, 2007 with a total of $31.7 million.
In 2008, the Halloween tradition continued, as Saw V opened with an impressive $30 million the weekend of October 24, 2008, pushing Saw to the top of the list as the #1 horror franchise of all time.
In 2010, Burg Produced Saw: The Final Chapter, released in 3D, encompassing the latest technology in filmmaking, wowing audiences, opening at #1, and bringing the worldwide Saw franchise Box Office to over $800 million, as well the comedy Lottery Ticket, starring Bow Wow and Ice Cube. In 2013, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D will be released, bringing Burg together again with longtime collaborator Carl Mazzocone. Another project in the works for Burg is the indie-darling Grace Unplugged a story unlike any he’s been involved with before.