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Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin has inked a two-year, first-look producing deal with Universal Pictures, marking the first studio affiliation for the Baldwin-Cohen Entertainment Co. Baldwin, his wife Karen, and real estate developer/entrepreneur Richard Cohen are partnered in the company.

While Baldwin’s primary business revolves around sports and his two-time Stanley Cup-winning hockey team, he has executive produced a number of films over the past eight years and will serve in that capacity on Universal’s $35 million Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer “Sudden Death,” due out this fall. Karen Baldwin will associate produce.

Baldwin and Cohen, president and chairman, respectively, of their production company, bring with them to Universal Bill Minot, exec VP of production, and Jennifer Moyer as creative assistant.

“Sudden Death,” which has been described as “‘Die Hard’ in an arena,” occurs during the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals.

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