Bobby Cohen, who most recently ran Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Red Wagon banner, has been tapped to head up the Kurtzman/Orci shingle, which is based at DreamWorks.
Move comes as writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ink a two-year first-look deal with DreamWorks.
The newly solo DreamWorks, which is operating on a smaller scale than when it was part of Paramount Pictures, has been very selective about striking first-look deals with production companies. Parkes/MacDonald Prods. is the other banner to enjoy such an arrangement with the company.
Cohen, whose exec producing credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Jarhead” and “Definitely Maybe,” is coming off producing DreamWorks’ “Revolutionary Road” with Scott Rudin.
“We clicked with Bobby the minute we sat down with him; we share a love for the same movies and writers, and his hands-on experience as a producer himself will be invaluable in helping to expand our slate,” Kurtzman said.
Kurtzman/Orci’s first produced film, “Eagle Eye,” became a sleeper hit for DreamWorks and Par, earning $178 million worldwide. The company, whose sophomore effort, “The Proposal,” will bow in June from Touchstone, also has promoted Steven Puri and Mandy Safavi to exec VPs.
“Steven and Mandy have built this company with us from square one,” Kurtzman added. “They have an extraordinary eye for material, new talent and big ideas.”
Kurtzman and Orci have a number of projects in development at DreamWorks, including “Deep Sea Cowboys”; “Atlantis Rising,” which Len Wiseman will direct; “The Big One”; and “Cowboys and Aliens,” which they are also writing with frequent collaborator Damon Lindelof.
“Alex and Bob’s storytelling provide a unique approach and advantage to producing,” said DreamWorks CEO and co-chair Stacey Snider. Kurtzman and Orci’s relationship with DreamWorks dates back to their involvement as writers on the box office hit “Transformers.” They also penned the sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which bows in the summer. Among the duo’s other writing credits are “Mission: Impossible III,” “The Legend of Zorro” and summer tentpole “Star Trek,” which they also exec produced. They also served as producers and writers on the TV series “Alias” and are exec producing “Fringe,” which airs on Fox.