Cooper turns to TV with Fox deal
EmptyFormer HBO Pictures and TriStar Pictures president Bob Cooper has inked an overall deal with Fox TV Studios.
Under the one-year pact, Cooper will develop projects for the studio through his production company Landscape Entertainment.
"Bob's accomplishments in the feature and television worlds speak eloquently for themselves, and we're excited to be working with him as he focuses in on the TV series business," said David Madden, Fox TV Studios' executive vp scripted programming.
Cooper and Madden have known each other for a long time, having first met when both were working in features. That made Cooper's choice of a TV home easy, he said.
"I thought he could be very helpful in my transition to television because he did it himself," Cooper said.
He also was drawn to Fox TV Studios because of the company's close ties with Fox Broadcasting Co., where Cooper has a deal.
Under the pact with Fox TV Studios, Landscape already is developing several projects:
"Fast Forward" -- a one-hour dramedy for Fox from writer Neena Beber ("Daria"), with Marla Ginsburg ("Highlander") executive producing.
"The Martini Kid" -- a single-camera comedy for Fox writers/executive producers Don Woodard and Tom Maxwell ("Just Shoot Me").
An untitled single-camera romantic comedy for NBC from writers/executive producers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen ("Toy Story").
Landscape's development slate is being overseen by Sara Harmelin, who joined the company as director of television in August.
She came to Landscape from Silver Pictures TV, where she was manager of television development.
Landscape's development team also includes Marla Ginsberg, a consultant on several projects.
Landscape's first TV deal with NBC in 2003 resulted in a series pickup for the drama "Medical Investigation," which Cooper and then-head of Landscape's TV division Scott Vila executive produced.
On the feature side, Landscape recently produced "John Tucker Must Die" and the upcoming "Mr. Woodcock," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott and Susan Sarandon.