Reality TV producer Bruce Nash has ramped up a feature development partnership with producer Robert Kosberg, with projects set up at Paramount, Warner Bros. and Montecito Pictures.
Nash and Kosberg are aiming to develop upbeat, big-idea vehicles through the Nash Entertainment shingle with a focus on comedies along with tales of redemption. “When I saw ‘Rocky,’ that’s what made me say, ‘I’ve gotta go to Hollywood and make movies,’ ” said Kosberg, who exec produced “Twelve Monkeys.”
Nash, whose credits include reality skeins “Outback Jack,” “Who Wants to Marry My Dad” and “For Love or Money,” said he’s responding to people’s appetite for laughter and stories of overcoming obstacles. “I don’t want (to leave) more depressed than when I went in when I leave the theater because there are already too many depressing things in the world today.”
The Paramount project’s an untitled pro basketball comedy in partnership with Par-based Walter Latham, who will produce. Nash and Kosberg will exec produce, and exec VP Brian Witten will oversee the project for the studio.
The duo’s also signed a deal with Warner Bros. to develop an untitled comedy about dreams with John Chu (“Bye Bye Birdie”) attached to direct. Nash, who will produce, noted that the project covers similar turf as in “The Secret World of Dreams” special he produced a decade ago for NBC.
Kosberg and Neal Israel, who developed the project, will exec produce. VP of production Aditya Sood will oversee for the studio.
The Montecito project is an untitled high-concept comedy with both shingles partnering as producers. Nash development exec Marisa Forest came up with idea and will co-produce.