‘Beauty’ producers get first-look with D’Works

Jinks, Cohen bring together prod'n experience, talent relations, Parkes sez

NEW YORK — In the wake of their debut pic “American Beauty,” producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen have made a first-look deal with DreamWorks for their Jinks/Cohen banner.

Formerly an exec for Bregman Prods., Jinks was an exec producer on “The Bone Collector” and produced “Nothing to Lose,” starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. Cohen previously had worked with DreamWorks as a producer of “Mouse Hunt”; he also produced “The Flintstones” and the upcoming prequel “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.”

On “American Beauty,” the duo joined forces with a quirky Alan Ball script and hooked theater director Sam Mendes. The result was a $15 million pic that became one of the sleepers of the year and was last week named best picture by the National Board of Review.

“Bruce and Dan’s partnership brings together a rare combination of production experience, talent relations and great script sense,” said DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes, who made the deal with Laurie MacDonald. “In ‘American Beauty’ they struck a chord with both critics and audiences, and we’re thrilled to have a chance to see what other projects will come out of our continuing association.”

The producers had been widely courted for a housekeeping deal around town.

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