'Battlestar' alum Halpern handed the reins

Sobini Films has launched a TV division aimed at developing scripted and nonscripted programming, with former “Battlestar Galactica” associate producer James Halpern in charge as VP.

The division was created by Sobini founder Mark Amin and president Cami Winikoff. Among the projects under way are a small screen version of “The Prince and Me,” based on the Sobini film starring Julia Stiles. Sobini has also optioned novels including Jenna Nelson’s “Virgin,” which Emily Skopov is adapting.

“There are more series on broadcast, pay and basic cable that are compelling, edgy and thought-provoking than at any point in the history of television,” said Amin, a onetime Lionsgate vice chairman. “We are excited to enter into the space.”

Halpern previously served as development director at David Eick Prods., the home base for “Galactica” and spinoff “Caprica.”

“After 15 years working with writers on over a dozen pilots and series — and having spent nearly half that time in an aggressive development position — James has proven to be one in a handful of executives who can not only develop a series, but contribute substantially to its ongoing success,” Winikoff said.

Winikoff had been exec veep of Lionsgate, as well as chief operating officer of Amin’s Trimark Pictures. Amin’s exec producer credits in film include the Kasi Lemmons-directed “Eve’s Bayou” and Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming.”

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