Bruno Heller

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Bruno Heller
Birth name Carl Bruno Heller
Born 1960 in London, England
Notable Shows Rome
The Mentalist
Gotham
Awards

Bruno Heller is an English screenwriter and creator of the HBO drama Rome, the CBS drama The Mentalist, and the FOX drama. Gotham, which is based on the Batman character James Gordon.

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Biography

Heller was born in London, England to German Jewish screenwriter Lukah Heller and Caroline (née Carter). Heller graduated from the University of Sussex in Brighton. He was a union soundman working in England in the 1980s when film sets were staunchly hierarchical. While working on a series of films about Englan's infamous Miners' Strike, Heller met well-regarded Portuguese director Eduardo Guedes. Both men teamed up for what would be Heller's first writing credit, the 1994 motion picture PAX starring Amanda Plummer.

He left England to head for New York, where he would meet his wife, Miranda, at a disco. Five years later, he moved to Los Angeles, where he got to work for various TV dramas, including USA shows Touching Evil and The Huntress, but it was Rome that would gave him his breakthrough. After Rome's cancellation for its high costs, he went on to create The Mentalist.

In September 2012, Heller sold a legal drama called The Advocates to CBS, but was later passed in May 2013. He is currently the creator and showrunner for the FOX drama Gotham, which is based on the Batman series and follows the origins of Gotham City's various villains.

Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
Rome August 28, 2005 Co-Creator
The Mentalist September 23, 2008 Creator
Gotham September 22, 2014 Creator

Director

Series Episode Airdate
The Mentalist 4x17 - Cheap Burgundy March 8, 2012

Producer

Series Produced

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
The Huntress 2000 –2001 Consulting Producer 1
Touching Evil 2004 Co-Executive Producer 1
Rome 2005 –2007 Executive Producer 1 2
The Mentalist 2008 –2015 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Gotham 2014 –  Executive Producer 1 2 3 4

Episodes Produced

Series Producer Credit Episode Airdate
Bionic Woman Executive Producer 1x00 - Original Pilot unaired

Writer

Episodes Written

Series Episode Airdate
Rome 1x01 - The Stolen Eagle August 28, 2005
Rome 1x02 - How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic September 4, 2005
Rome 1x03 - An Owl in a Thornbush September 11, 2005
Rome 1x04 - Stealing from Saturn September 18, 2005
Rome 1x05 - The Ram Has Touched the Wall September 25, 2005
Rome 1x06 - Egeria October 2, 2005
Rome 1x11 - The Spoils November 13, 2005
Rome 1x12 - Kalends of February November 20, 2005
Rome 2x01 - Passover January 14, 2007
Rome 2x02 - Son of Hades January 21, 2007
Rome 2x10 - De Patre Vostro (About Your Father) March 25, 2007
The Mentalist 1x01 - Pilot September 23, 2008
The Mentalist 1x02 - Red Hair and Silver Tape September 30, 2008
The Mentalist 1x23 - Red John's Footsteps May 19, 2009
The Mentalist 2x01 - Redemption September 24, 2009
The Mentalist 2x06 - Black Gold and Red Blood November 5, 2009
The Mentalist 2x16 - Code Red March 11, 2010
The Mentalist 2x23 - Red Sky in the Morning May 20, 2010
The Mentalist 3x01 - Red Sky At Night September 23, 2010
The Mentalist 3x09 - Red Moon November 18, 2010
The Mentalist 3x24 - Strawberries and Cream (2) May 19, 2011
The Mentalist 4x01 - Scarlet Ribbons September 22, 2011
The Mentalist 4x17 - Cheap Burgundy March 8, 2012
The Mentalist 4x24 - The Crimson Hat May 17, 2012
The Mentalist 5x01 - The Crimson Ticket September 30, 2012
The Mentalist 5x22 - Red John's Rules May 5, 2013
The Mentalist 6x01 - The Desert Rose September 29, 2013
The Mentalist 6x08 - Red John November 24, 2013
The Mentalist 6x22 - Blue Bird May 18, 2014
Gotham 1x01 - Pilot September 22, 2014
Gotham 1x02 - Selina Kyle (episode) September 29, 2014
Gotham 1x07 - Penguin's Umbrella November 3, 2014
Gotham 1x16 - The Blind Fortune Teller February 16, 2015
The Mentalist 7x13 - White Orchids February 18, 2015
Gotham 1x22 - All Happy Families Are Alike May 4, 2015
Gotham 2x01 - Damned If You Do... September 21, 2015
Gotham 2x11 - Worse Than a Crime November 30, 2015
Gotham 2x22 - Transference May 23, 2016

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Trivia

  • Son of Hollywood screenwriter Lukas Heller.
  • Brother of columnist and Notes of a Scandal author Zoe Heller.