O’Hara-Horowitz Prods., the partnership forged three years ago with the NBC miniseries “Switched at Birth,” is now at work on an ABC miniseries and two significant anthology projects for NBC.
Those orders mean the company will be involved in at least 10 hours of longform production airing this spring, including “Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland,” a previously announced four-hour ABC miniseries based on the 1958 Nebraska murder spree that inspired Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album and the film “Badlands”; and three NBC movies under the umbrella title “This Is My Story.”
The “My Story” movies will be fact-based, two-hour dramas focusing on women caught up in extraordinary events. The company is positioning the concept as an ongoing series of movies after a trial run this spring.
Principals Michael O’Hara and his partner, investment banker Lawrence Horowitz, are also developing another anthology-type series of two-hour specials for the Peacock network, called “NBC Bestsellers,” based on non-fiction books not easily translated to a dramatic format.
The first effort in that regard is a two-hour spec based on the book “Women Who Love Too Much.” Producer Harry Moses is working on the pilot, with a possible trial order on “Women” for this spring.
The three “This Is My Story” telefilms, to air in April and May, are “Why My Daughter? The Gayle Moffitt Story,” starring Linda Gray, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Jamie Lunar, about a mother seeking her daughter’s killer; “A Child Too Many: The Patty Nowakowski Story,” with former “L.A. Law” co-star Michele Greene as a mother who agrees to give birth to another couple’s child; and “Stalking Back: The Anello Family Story,” about a woman who helped pass Florida’s anti-stalking law.
New World Entertainment has been signed to distribute “Starkweather” (which stars Brian Dennehy and Randy Quaid) and the six hours of “This Is My Story,” though Horowitz said the company will continue to seek distributors on a project-by-project basis and finance its own production. Horowitz secured financial backing last year through an arrangement with Selby Lane Enterprises, with Horowitz as managing partner of the limited partnership.
O’Hara and Horowitz exec produce all projects. Robert Markowitz is directing “Starkweather” from a script by O’Hara, who also wrote “Switched at Birth.”