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‘Scouts’ finds a friend in Kudrow

Thesp to star, produce with Tisch

“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow will topline and produce “Intense Girl Scouts,” penned by Joseph Minion (“After Hours”), with Escape Artists financing the pic.

Escape Artists partner Steve Tisch will join Kudrow as producer, with lensing expected later in the year.

“Intense Girl Scouts” is a dark comedy about a young woman (Kudrow) who leads an unofficial Girl Scout troop and attempts to do good deeds. When those deeds go awry, Martha is ostracized from the troop. As her world unravels, she becomes involved in questionable activities with her mysterious neighbor, and those lead to murder.

Other feature films in development at Escape Artists include the action adventure “The Bermuda Triangle,” to be penned by Chris Morgan; the psychological thriller “Knowing,” with novelist-turned-screenwriter Ryne Pearson, and “Nautica,” with writer Richard McBrien.

Kudrow kudos

Kudrow, repped by Endeavor and manager Scott Howard, won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy for her work as Phoebe Buffay on “Friends.” She also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series and a Golden Globe Award nom.

Kudrow’s feature work includes co-starring, opposite Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro, in “Analyze This.” She also starred in “The Opposite of Sex,” “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion,” “Hanging Up” and “Lucky Numbers.”

Making ‘Marci’

The actress is currently on location in New York lensing Paramount’s “Marci X” for director Richard Benjamin and producer Scott Rudin.

Escape Artists is an independently financed film production company formed through the merger of the Steve Tisch Co. and Columbia-based Black and Blu Entertainment (Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal). Escape Artists distributes its films domestically via Columbia Pictures and internationally via Summit Entertainment.