Jinks/Cohen moves to Par following six years at DreamWorks, home to their best-picture Oscar winner “American Beauty.”
At their newly renovated offices on the Melrose lot, the pair have brought with them director of development Sam Hansen and creative exec Bree Tichy. Company will add a senior level executive to the team in the coming weeks.
Jinks and Cohen had been in conversations with the studio and production topper Gail Berman about a production deal months before Par’s acquisition of DreamWorks. Jinks is a longtime friend of Berman from their days on Broadway close to 20 years ago.
“When I called her to congratulate her in May about getting hired, she said, ‘I don’t want to talk about that; I want to talk about getting you over here right away,’ ” Jinks recalled.
That led to several meetings with Berman while the duo waited for their DreamWorks deal to expire at year’s end.”Creators like Dan and Bruce mesh perfectly with our filmmaking philosophy here on the lot,” Berman said.
Jinks and Cohen also told Daily Variety that they come to Par with “virtually a clean slate,” with only one project in development: a Rich Appel script now titled “Ex Men.”
“We’re very hungry and actively looking,” Jinks added. “We will continue to do what we have done in the past: make commercial movies, but the most interesting, distinctive commercial movies that we can.”
Their list of credits includes “Down With Love,” starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, for Fox; Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” for Sony; and “The Forgotten,” starring Julianne Moore, for Revolution and Sony. Separately, Jinks produced “Nothing to Lose” and exec produced “The Bone Collector.” Cohen’s credits include “The Flintstones,” “Mouse Hunt” and exec producing “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.”