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Brooks, Head team with Tandem on TV movies

BERLIN — Stanley M. Brooks and Jim Head have teamed with Tandem Communications to produce TV movie adaptations of Patricia Cornwell’s bestselling crime novels “At Risk” and “The Front” for Lifetime Network, marking the first time the author’s work will be adapted.

Munich-based Tandem is co-producing both pics and will distribute worldwide, excluding the Lifetime window.

Screenwriter John Pielmeier (“Capture of the Green River Killer”) is adapting the books, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. They follow Massachusetts state investigator Win Garano and his ambitious supervisor, state attorney Monique Lamont, as they investigate cases.

“At Risk” was originally published in 2006 as a 15-week serialization in the New York Times Magazine and went on to become a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

Cornwell followed up in 2008 with “The Front,” which first appeared as a serialized novel in the London Times.

“Cornwell is a brand with a built-in audience,” said Tandem managing director Rola Bauer. “She is the leader in her genre, and her stories are powerful, inventive and original.

“Her books have very broad appeal with both men and women among a wide demographic, and we are looking forward to seeing these stories bring those readers to television screens around the world.”

Brooks, who exec produced the Emmy-winning “Broken Trail” and Lifetime’s critically acclaimed “Prayers for Bobby,” also serves as California Film Commission chairman.

Tandem’s latest collaboration solidifies its status as a major international player in event TV movies and miniseries aimed at the U.S. and global markets.

Company is reteaming with Ridley and Tony Scott on an adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestselling medieval novel “Pillars of the Earth.”

Tandem partnered with the Scotts on TNT’s 2007 CIA miniseries “The Company” and recently joined Hollywood-based Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Canada’s Muse Entertainment Enterprises to produce the $14 million sci-fi mini “Impact,” which ABC acquired this month.

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