David Berman (left) and Jon Wellner (right)
Lakewood, N.J., March 21, 2017—If you’ve ever wondered how shows like CSI, The Blacklist, Lucifer, and Rizzoli and Isles come up with those offbeat medical maladies or deliver such in-depth medical information, David Berman and Jon Wellner have the answers. The actors and researchers are the founders of Entertainment Research Consultants (ERC), a Los Angeles-based research company that has been helping these shows and others distill complex scientific information down into easily digestible plot points. On Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Georgian Court University’s Casino Auditorium, they will share how they have brought hard science out of the laboratory and to a worldwide audience of more than 300 million people.
Procedural television is only as good as the science it portrays. Get the facts wrong, and you have lost your audience. In their talk, “The Science of Television: How Complex Scientific Information Is Transformed into Popular Entertainment,” Wellner and Berman—both of whom appeared on CSI—will share how the world’s most popular TV shows are created, from the writers’ room, all the way through post-production and onto the television screen. This discussion will also share how ERC has helped television shows like the CSI franchise and many others research chemistry, biology, mathematics, and the law, along with a wide array of forensic disciplines such as odontology, entomology, and DNA analysis in an often-overlooked part of the creative process. Attendees will view excerpts that illustrate how that information is incorporated into each episode.
Both of the presenters are also accomplished actors. Berman starred on CSI from 2000 until 2015 as assistant coroner David Phillips. He has also performed in such programs as Desperate Housewives, Heroes, and Drop Dead Diva. Wellner has had roles on Bones, NCIS, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, That’s So Raven, and others. In 2002, he played Gilligan in the movie of the week, Surviving Gilligan’s Island, which was the highest-rated movie of the week that year. He can also be seen in the films Evan Almighty and Ocean’s 13. In 2004, Wellner was cast as toxicologist Henry Andrews on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a role he played until 2015.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved online in advance at georgian.edu/events. No tickets will be issued at the door. For more information, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732-987-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.