Gregg Barson is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker (writer/director/producer) heading the company Mansfield Avenue Productions. The company was founded in 2002 to create feature-length documentaries, including Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis and Goodnight We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller. On January 22nd Anchor Bay Entertainment released Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis on DVD. This hilarious and insightful new documentary that premiered on the Starz/Encore channel last year and was an official selection at a dozen international film festivals, and counting, including a red carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, examines the career of one of the nuttiest and most innovative comedic minds of all time. From his early days on the road with vaudevillian parents, to his amazing rise to fame with partner Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis has lived an amazing life and has become one of the most influential people in the world of cinema and silliness. Goodnight We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller is available on DVD by Image Entertainment. This film was an “Official Selection” at over a dozen film festivals, including the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, while twice garnering the top prize of “Audience Choice”.
Prior to forming Mansfield Avenue Productions, Barson spent 15 years in television marketing and advertising, employed by major television studios including Warner Bros. and Carsey-Werner, where he was Creative Director of nationally syndicated campaigns.
He has written, produced and edited countless on-air promos, sales presentations, launch campaigns and radio spots for many popular television shows, including “Friends,” “ER,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Cosby,” Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” and “That ‘70s Show.”
A graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a major in television production, Barson initially started shooting and editing 8mm movies at the age of nine. With a love of classic comedy and comedians, he chooses his personal inspirations as subjects, while capturing their unlimited talents and extraordinary lives.