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Bobby Cohen to head Kurtzman/Orci

Former Miramax exec named president of production firm

Producer Bobby Cohen has been hired as president of Kurtzman/Orci Prods. K/O execs Steven Puri and Mandy Safavi have been promoted to executive vp as well.

K/O Prods. is the fledgling production outfit of writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who penned the soon-to-be-released "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." DreamWorks Studios, where K/O is based, also has just signed the pair to a two-year, first-look deal.

"Alex and Bob started at DreamWorks as writers and have steadily evolved into a super-talented, multitasking filmmaking duo," DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg said. "Their taste for unique stories is unparalleled, which is why we're excited to have them on the DreamWorks team."

K/O's first produced film, "Eagle Eye," has grossed $173 million worldwide. In June, the company's second release, the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds comedy "The Proposal," will hit theaters via Touchstone.

Cohen will go to work on a number of high-profile projects in development at K/O:

-- Graphic novel adaptation "Cowboys and Aliens," which Kurtzman and Orci are writing with "Lost" exec producer Damon Lindelof. Robert Downey Jr. is attached to star

-- Comic adaptation "Atlantis Rising," which Len Wiseman is set to direct from a script by Joby Harold. It is aiming for a summer 2011 release

-- The action adventure "Deep Sea Cowboys," which David Ayer is adapting from Joshua Davis' article in Wired magazine

-- The thriller "28th Amendment," an original script of Kurtzman and Orci's that Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others") is attached to direct

-- The long-in-development action project "Matt Helm," which Paul Attanasio is writing for the company at Paramount

-- An adaptation of "The Big One: An Island, an Obsession and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish," a nonfiction book written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Kinney

Cohen was an executive at Miramax and later president of Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon Prods. He produced "Revolutionary Road" and "View From the Top" and exec produced "Jarhead," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Bewitched" and "Definitely, Maybe."

"We clicked with Bobby the minute we sat down with him," Kurtzman said. "We share a love for the same movies and writers, and his hands-on experience as a producer will be invaluable in helping to expand our slate. Steven and Mandy have built this company with us from square one. They have an extraordinary eye for material, new talent and big ideas -- it is a dream team for us."

K/O exec Pete Chiarelli, who wrote the screenplay for "The Proposal," will transition to writing full time, though he will still consult with the company.

"DreamWorks is and always will be a filmmakers' sanctuary in a town where there are far too few of them," Orci said. "We're thrilled and honored to continue our partnership with Steven and Stacey (Snider), whose support and mentorship keep allowing our company to grow and flourish."