NEW YORK — A week after he signed to produce three miniseries for NBC, Bob Cooper, head of the new company Landscape Entertainment, has agreed to do three original movies over the next three years for cabler FX.
“I’ll make movies that will help to brand FX the way my movies branded HBO in the 1990s,” said Cooper, who served as president of HBO Pictures from 1991-98. During that stretch, HBO produced such titles as “Barbarians at the Gate,” “And the Band Played On” and “The Josephine Baker Story.”
Cooper referred to these pictures as “reality-based event movies,” which harvested lots of Emmy nominations and stamped HBO as an outlet for high-budget originals with a decided edge.
Peter Liguori, president of FX, said he’s counting on Cooper to deliver “thought-provoking, challenging movies that crop up the next day in conversations around the water cooler.”
Cooper and his partner, Toronto-based communications company CTV Inc., formed Landscape Entertainment two weeks ago at an initial valuation of $100 million.
Landscape’s goal is to produce — in the course of a year — two theatrical movies, one miniseries for NBC and one original movie for FX. Cooper is negotiating with a movie studio to distribute Landscape’s product in aftermarkets.
When Cooper left HBO, he became president of TriStar Pictures in 1998. Most recently, Cooper was head of production for DreamWorks. During that tenure, he oversaw such pics as “American Beauty” and “Galaxy Quest.”