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Crosby forms own prod’n firm

Janet Crosby, who for many years has been associated with director-producer Irwin Winkler, has formed her own production entity, the Crosby Co.

Since forming the firm last month, she has obtained the motion picture rights to two projects, in addition to a TV series, which she is actively developing.

On Crosby’s development front burner is “Room Nine,” based on the novel by Soledad Santiagopublished by Doubleday.

The book came to the attention of Crosby by Gloria Steinem, who had sent it to Winkler as a possible film project.

When Winkler passed, Crosby quickly optioned the property.

Described by Crosby as in the area of “Chinatown,” it’s the story of a woman assistant to the mayor of New York City, who finds herself caught in a political trap.

“It’s not car crashes or sex,” Crosby said. “It’s a political thriller and a love story.”

Crosby’s other feature project is “The Dr. Kirkus Lee Story,” based on the true story of a doctor’s fight with the FDA over his patented drug, which was designed to offer hope for those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Crosby is partnered with producer Bill Birnes on this project.

The third project on Crosby’s development slate is a historical dramatic series, “The State of Women,” which will be produced in association with Susan Crosby and Betheny Rooney, who is also set to direct.

Crosby has worked with Winkler for more than 20 years on more than 35 films, including all of the “Rocky” films, “Raging Bull,””Guilty By Suspicion” and “Night and the City.”

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