Cosgrove, Meurer are on the ‘Ball’

'Unsolved Mysteries' producers moving into features under Wexler's helm

NEW YORK — “Unsolved Mysteries” producers John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer of Cosgrove/Meurer Prods. are marking their foray into features with the indie pic “Ball in the House,” under Tanya Wexler’s helm.

Pic, which is also produced by Ira Deutchman’s Redeemable Features and Stephen Dyer of Chimera, started principal photography on Jan. 25 in Chicago. The dark comedy is about a teenage screwup who is trying to straighten out his life.

Jonathan Tucker (“The Virgin Suicides”), Jennifer Tilly and David Strathairn star in the indie effort.

Matthew Swan penned the script as a spec when he was a student at Juilliard. Chimera and Redeemable have been working with him on development for the last two years. Pic was financed with indie equity money.

Redeemable’s Peter Newman, Greg Johnson and Melissa Chesman are exec producing “Ball.”

Company has seven feature projects in development, including “Reunion,” which is based on an “Unsolved Mysteries” episode and set up at MGM with Arnold Rifkin attached to produce; Catherine Butterfield’s “The Best You Can Do”; and “Goodnight, Irene,” which Cosgrove is set to helm.

“It gives us the opportunity to expand our business,” Cosgrove said, “and also gives us edgier, more provocative material that we couldn’t do on a network.”

Cosgrove/Meurer recently hired Jo Levi as a VP of feature development to help spearhead that effort. “It’s always been an ambition of Terry and mine to take on projects that are more feature oriented rather than TV oriented,” Cosgrove said.

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