Lyttle hopes prod'n co. will lure new scribes
Helmer-producer Diane Keaton is moving her Blue Relief Prods. small-screen shingle to Big Ticket Television.
Under terms of the exclusive overall deal, Keaton and producing partner Bill Robinson will create and develop half-hour and hourlong projects for Big Ticket. Keaton also will direct select pilots and series episodes.
Blue Relief had been based at Brad Grey Television.
Big Ticket topper Larry Lyttle said he expected Keaton and Robinson to help lure new writing talent to the studio.
“The reason we did the deal is that I admire (Keaton’s) aesthetic and her creativity,” he said. “They’re going to be good magnets to attract interesting and eclectic writers.”
Robinson said Keaton and Lyttle “really hit it off” when they first met earlier this year about pacting on an overall deal.
“They responded to Diane’s energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “And Larry is a smart, aggressive guy. They want to do stuff at Big Ticket, and it made sense for us to join them. We’re a small company, but we want to get out there in a big way.”
Keaton directed the pilot seg of Fox’s Friday sudser “Pasadena” and, with Robinson, serves as exec producer of the series.
In addition to her Oscar-winning acting career, Keaton has become an active feature director-producer over the last decade, helming pics including “Hanging Up,” “Unstrung Heroes” and “Mother’s Helper.” She also directed episodes of “Twin Peaks” and “China Beach.”
“Now that Bill and I have produced television for several different studios, we’re happy to find a home with such a smart, aggressive company,” Keaton said. “Larry Lyttle’s creative group is clearly interested in the talent’s point of view.”
In addition to exec producing “Hanging Up” with Keaton, Robinson produced the indie feature “Plan B,” which stars Keaton, Paul Sorvino and Natasha Lyonne. Pic will be released later this year.
Robinson also made his directing debut recently, helming Minnie Driver and Mimi Roberts in short pic “The Upgrade.”
Blue Relief has several feature and TV projects in the works, including a multipart project on the women’s movement for HBO, four telepics for Showtime and the features “Avon Ladies of the Amazon,” “Anchor Women” and “So Shoot Me.”