Documentary Oscar winner Deborah Oppenheimer has reupped as prexy of Bruce Helford’s Mohawk Prods. (“The Drew Carey Show”) in a new two-year pact.
Mohawk, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television, also produces skeins such as ABC’s “George Lopez” and the upcoming Fox laffer “Wanda at Large,” which premieres March 26.
Oppenheimer oversees all of Mohawk’s day-to-day operations and serves as an executive producer, along with Helford, on all of its shows. She also manages the shingle’s development activities.
“She’s the strongest, most organized creative force I know,” Helford said. “I’m just amazed she wants to stay. I drive her nuts.”
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Oppenheimer picked up the Academy Award for her documentary “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,” which she produced (with Mark Jonathan Harris) in 2001. She also produced the soundtrack and co-wrote the companion book with Harris.
Oppenheimer is now penning a children’s book about her mother’s experience on the Kindertransport — the campaign by Britain to remove Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia before the start of WWII.
“Her track record of success, both in television and feature film, is remarkable,” Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth said. “We are thrilled that she will continue her long-term relationship with Bruce Helford and Warner Bros. TV.”
The UTA-repped exec has spent her entire TV career at Warner Bros., having joined predecessor Lorimar in 1981. Her credits include serving as vice president of production at Lorimar; she also spent time as a development and production exec at Lorimar, helping create programming for HBO, Showtime and PBS.
Oppenheimer started her career as an editor at John Wiley & Sons. She’s been with Helford and Mohawk for eight years.
“I love working with Bruce,” she said. “His generosity and encouragement have afforded me the privilege to create and produce in an environment that fluctuates from inspired to insane, and frequently both.”
Oppenheimer’s also repped by Ernie Del and Abel Lezcano.