They’re throwing a Donner party at NBC Studios: The Peacock’s production people have signed filmmakers Lauren Shuler-Donner and Richard Donner to produce a wide range of projects.
NBC Studios prexy Ted Harbert announced the two-year pact Monday. Under the deal, which begins in June, NBC Studios gets a first look at television product from Shuler-Donner and Donner.
“NBC Studios is thrilled to begin a new association with these dynamic filmmakers, who have a long and remarkable track record for providing winning entertainment,” Harbert said. “As NBC Studios continues to expand and generate more product, we can’t wait to get started with Lauren and Richard to develop their creative ideas.”
Shuler-Donner’s producing credits include “You’ve Got Mail,” “Any Given Sunday” and the upcoming “X-Men.” She began with 1983’s “Mr. Mom,” before moving on to movies such as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink.” Shuler-Donner exec produced “Assassins,” “Free Willy 3,” “Volcano” and “Bulworth.”
Donner produced and directed “Lethal Weapon” and its sequels, as well as projects such as “Scrooged,” “Maverick,” “Assassins” and “Conspiracy Theory.” He was an exec producer on “Any Given Sunday” and exec produced “Free Willy” and its two sequels.
Donner also exec produced the cable series “Tales From the Crypt” and the Saturday morning toon version of “Crypt.” Donner began his career directing for TV series such as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Fugitive” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”
His early feature directing credits include “The Omen” and “Superman.”
Together, Shuler-Donner and Donner have created the Donners’ Co., a film and TV unit that will produce “Octopus” and “Patriots” for cable.
In a statement, the Donners said, “Television affords us a whole new arena to express our creative endeavors, and we have a wide variety of concepts that make a good fit with the vision of NBC Studios.”