Paul Bernon is an American filmmaker, real-estate developer and angel investor. He has received a Peabody Award in 2014 for his film ‘Best Kept Secret’. A Massachusetts native, Bernon attended Boston University, pursuing a degree in film and television. He later enrolled at New York University, from where he obtained a degree in real estate. Bernon is the principal of ‘Rubicon Real Estate’, a property management company based in Newton, Massachusetts. In 2012, he co-established ‘Burn Later Productions’, a film finance and production company that invests in independent movies. Bernon’s first project as a producer, was the 2010 short film ‘12 Floors Up’, which he also wrote. In 2012, he executive produced his first film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’. Since then, he has been prominently active in the entertainment industry, producing films like ‘Drinking Buddies’, ‘The Intervention’, and ‘A Kid Like Jake’. As an actor, the only entry in his résumé is his own 2016 film, ‘The Intervention’.
Real Estate Career
Paul Bernon began his real estate career as a project manager at Intercontinental Real Estate in August 2001. He left that job in June 2002, when he was offered a position at Rubicon Real Estate. The current Principal of the company, he is in charge of acquisitions, marketing, and business development.
Between 2011 and 2013, he was part of the board of directors of MassHousing, an independent public authority that provides financial support to affordable rental housing.
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Paul Bernon set up ‘Burn Later Productions’ with Sam Slater, in May 2012, in Los Angeles, California. An independent film finance and production company, ‘Burn Later’predominantly helps make character-driven relationship comedies. Bernon currently serves as one of its partners. He began his career as a producer with the 2010 short film ‘12 Floors Up. Two years later, he executive produced his first film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’. That year, he also released the short film ‘Teacher of the Year’.
‘Burn Later’ produced writer/director Joe Swanberg’s romance drama ‘Drinking Buddies’ in 2013. Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Anna Kendrick, the film revolves around two brewery workers who, after spending a weekend together, begin to question the relationships they have with their respective partners. Bernon has executive produced films like ‘Cold Turkey’ (2013), ‘Small Crimes’ (2017), ‘Its a Hit!’ (2017), ‘When Jeff Tried to Save the World’ (2017), ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ (2018), ‘Support the Girls ‘(2018), and ‘Dude’ (2018). He has also served as an executive producer on the documentary, ‘Best Kept Secret’ (2013), for which he won the Peabody Award.
In 2015, he produced four films, ‘Results’, ‘Yosemite’, ‘Tenured’, and ‘Memoria’. In 2016, he produced the comedy-drama ‘The Intervention’. A year later, he produced the Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, and Michael Cera-starrer, ‘Lemon’. Paul Bernon worked with the likes of Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, and Octavia Spencer on the 2018 film ‘A Kid Like Jake’. His upcoming film is comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s next project.
Family & Personal Life
Paul Bernon was born on November 24, 1977, in Massachusetts, USA. Little else is known about his family and upbringing. After graduating from high school, he began studying at Boston University in 1998, and obtained his B.S. degree in film and television in 2000. He subsequently went to pursue an M.S. degree in real estate at New York University in 2002, earning it in the following year. While he was attending Boston University, he worked at WTBU, a part-15 radio station ran by the students of the university. He also regularly took part in intramural sports events there.
Paul Bernon was previously married to a woman named Ashley. While not much information is available on her, according to a report published by Reality Blurb, the erstwhile couple were in a relationship for a long period. They have two children together, a son, Tucker and a daughter, Skylar. Tucker Bernon appeared in his father’s 2015 film ‘Results’. Skylar shared screen space with Bernon in ‘The Intervention’.
Paul Bernon garnered media attention for his relationship with the American television personality Bethenny Frankel. They were spotted together by TMZ in 2018. While TMZ did not recognize him and reported him as a “new mystery man”, People magazine did, and they revealed his identity to the world. Like Bernon, Bethenny Frankel is a divorced parent. She was married to pharmaceutical sales executive Jason Hoppy from March 2010 to July 2016. Their daughter, Bryn, was born later in 2010.
Paul Bernon presently resides in the Greater Boston Area. He has been a longtime supporter of the American Democratic Party. In December 2015, he co-founded the Creative Council at Emily’s List, an organization that promotes pro-choice Democratic female candidates during elections, and currently is a member of its board of directors. He is also serving as a member of the National Finance Committee at the Democratic National Committee. From 2006 to 2013, he was a member of the board of overseers and chaired the Urban Renewal Committee at Boston Children’s Hospital. Between January 2015 and January 2018, he was on the board of directors of The Alliance for Business Leadership.