WBTV renews Jinks/Cohen banner

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Oscar-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen have inked a new two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Under the pact, the duo will develop and produce drama and comedy projects through their Jinks/Cohen Co. banner for WBTV and its cable programming division Warner Horizon TV.

Jinks and Cohen ("American Beauty") turned their attention to the small screen two years ago when they signed their first TV production pact with WBTV. Under that deal, they developed two upcoming series, "Traveler," which will launch May 30 on ABC, and "Side Order of Life," set to premiere July 15 on Lifetime. This pilot season, Jinks and Cohen are executive producing the ABC drama pilot "Pushing Daisies."

With two series and a pilot with WBTV, Jinks and Cohen said they didn't think for a moment to move their TV operation to another studio.

"We've had a very successful and exciting collaboration with them, and it seemed to make perfect sense to stay at a place where we have so much business," Cohen said.

Added Jinks, "We get such incredible support from (WBTV president) Peter Roth and his team, and we also have very similar tastes, which is a great asset for us."

On the feature side, the Jinks/Cohen Co. is under a feature overall deal at Paramount Pictures. Jinks and Cohen most recently produced John August's indie "The Nines," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Their upcoming features include "My Name Is Jody Williams" for Universal Pictures, written and to be directed by Audrey Wells, and "The Rivals" for DreamWorks, written by Robin Swicord.

Jinks and Cohen's deal with WBTV was brokered by UTA and attorney Alan Hergott.
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