Prexy wants to make 'quality noise' with upcoming slate
HOLLYWOOD — A year after teaming with Canada’s CTV to form Landscape Entertainment, Bob Cooper has amassed a large slate of series, movies and miniseries in development at a variety of broadcast and cable nets.
The former HBO and DreamWorks exec is prepping projects at outlets including NBC, where the exec has agreed to produce three minis, and FX, where he has a deal to produce three telepics, plus CBS, ABC, Court TV, VH1, USA Network, TNT, Sci-Fi Channel, Lifetime and the Disney Channel.
“I love trying to create content that can try to brand a network,” Cooper said.
Cooper said he has a three-pronged strategy at Landscape: “Develop strategic partnerships, develop for other networks and do it with a signature, if you can.
“I used an expression at HBO: ‘quality noise,’ ” he said. “That’s what I wanted to do (at Landscape). In the clutter of content out there, you have to figure out a way to make noise, but with quality.”
Cooper and his team — TV president Judy Ranan and veep Barbara Bloom — have focused mostly on longform projects but are interested in developing traditional series as well.
Projects on the roster include the FX pilot “Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore,” from novelist Walter Mosley, playwright Deborah Swisher and Jeff Wachtel, about a porn star who retires and tries to make it in the business world. Landscape also is developing the movie “Demon in the Freezer” for NBC, about a smallpox epidemic that spreads through the U.S., written by Carol Schreder.
Also in the works
Other potential movies, minis and series on the docket include:
- “Speak Memory,” a two-hour telepic for CBS about a woman who rebuilds her life after a car crash. Based on a New York Times article; Ron Hutchinson will script, with Peter Landesman and Michael Birnbaum exec producing.
- “Robert Kennedy,” a two-hour FX pic about Bobby Kennedy’s life after the assassination of his brother John, written by Hank Steinberg (“61*”). Also at FX, Landscape is developing Simon Nye-penned telepic “When the Gavel Falls,” about the art world’s exclusive auction houses.
- “The Amnesty Project,” a two-hour Court TV movie written by Barbara Samuels, about a woman seeking political asylum in the U.S.
- The four-hour mini “Antonine’s Wall” for ABC, based on a novel about forbidden love in ancient Rome, scripted by Paul McCudden.
- “The Bonnie Knight Story,” a two-hour USA movie about a cop who finds out the FBI is hiding a sex offender in her neighborhood. Written by Nathalie Chaidez (“Judging Amy”) and exec produced by Madelon Rosenfeld.
- “Borderlands,” a series pilot at Sci-Fi Channel based on a series of novels about a city populated by superhumans; Doris Egan writes and Jana Memel exec produces.
- “The DJ Project,” a two-hour pic at VH1 about a radio shock jock, from writers Ron Parker and Eric Hughes and exec producer Jeff Wachtel.
- “Intrusion,” a telepic at the Disney Channel about an alien who takes over an astronaut’s body, written by Charlie Cohen and exec produced by Tana Nugent Jamieson and Judy Ranan.
- “Secret Life of Girls,” a Lifetime telepic based on a Talk magazine article about a mother who discovers her 14-year-old daughter is sexually active; exec produced by Tracey Alexander and written by Matthew McDuffie.
- “Texas Seven,” a two-hour TNT movie about the band of seven convicts who escaped a Texas jail. Jason Saffron and Mike Pavone exec produce.
Previously announced projects include “Surviving Gilligan’s Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three-Hour Tour in History,” which CBS will air this coming season.