Two new companies have formed to produce and distribute shows for the U.S. and European tv markets.
Producer/director Joseph Hardy (“General Hospital”) is joining Rod Rodomista – a former top exec with ABC Entertainment – and Tom and Ian Woods of Woods Communications, to set up Omnisphere Prods. It will be based in New York and Paris; Hardy and Ian Woods will relocate to France.
The move follows the establishment last month of Boardwalk Entertainment, which hopes to produce programming for the international tv market. It’s being set up by Alan Wagner, the Disney’s Channel first president and a longtime CBS programming exec, and Fred Tartar, whose background includes the creation and management of several entertainment organizations.
Boardwalk also is setting up a London branch; it’s seeking someone to manage its activities there.
Omnisphere plans to focus on longform drama, especially soaps. “It’s no secret that soaps are generally in trouble in the States, but are on the up and up in Europe,” says Ian Woods, who has spent many years in France servicing U.S. and European tv productions.
Similarly, Wagner, Boardwalk’s president, says his company will be targeting tv movies and longer series. Initially, however, Boardwalk is launching a half-hour animation spec aimed at adults called “Frame By Frame: Primetime Animation.” Mixing live action and animation, the show is being co-produced with Group W for a fall ’91 domestic syndication debut.