NEW YORK — Todd Berger, a literary agent at William Morris, has left the agency to team with manager-producer Jeff Graup. Together, they’ve formed Giant Step Entertainment, a management and production company that has set up two projects and made several deals for its clients.
Giant Step just sold a Greg Walker pitch, “Breakout,” to producer Arnold Kopelson for low against mid-six figures. Based on an idea by Kopelson veep Scott Strauss, “Breakout” is a story about a prison break and the effort to recapture the escaped prisoners, which is familiar territory for the producer of “The Fugitive.” Walker was repped by the managers, and Ramses IsHak and David Lubliner of William Morris.
Giant Step will produce “A Fare to Remember” with Imagine and Fox 2000, and “Brothers,” a project set up at Miramax.
The partners have assembled a list of clients that includes scribe Bob Reece, who wrote “A Fare to Remember”; David Johnson, who wrote “Woo” for New Line; and Tom Vaughan, who wrote “Nine Lives” for Spelling.
They also rep musicvideo director Kevin Kerslake, just directed the pilot of “The Visitor,” the Fox series hatched by the “Independence Day” team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich; former “Married … With Children” star Amanda Bearse, who’s now directing television; Matt Penn (“NYPD Blue”); and Whitney Ransick, whose credits include “ER” and “Homicide.”
They’ve also signed renowned cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, who is making the transition to directing. His cinematography credits include “Devil’s Advocate,” “Dante’s Peak,” “Species,” “Speed” and “Terms of Endearment.” He’s also repped by ICM’s Barbara Dreyfus and Paul Hook.
Graup, a former Disney exec in acquisitions and legal affairs, said the driving force behind the venture is to help hatch writers and aspiring directors. Berger, who worked at Morris with writers and directors in both TV and film, said they’re working to get investors together to create a fund for indie films.