HBO Films to stroll Avenue

'Looking for Normal' adaptation on deck

Seasoned feature producer Cary Brokaw, via his Avenue Pictures shingle, has entered into a two-year, first-look pact with HBO Films to develop and produce long-form projects for the network.

Brokaw and Avenue are partnered with Mike Nichols, with whom they produced the HBO adaptation of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Wit,” directed by Nichols and starring Emma Thompson.

Nichols and Brokaw are developing several projects with HBO, but the pact allows Avenue to produce for HBO independent of the network. First such project will be the film adaptation of Jane Anderson’s play “Looking for Normal,” currently onstage at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse; Brokaw will exec produce and Anderson will write and direct for HBO.

Brokaw previously produced for HBO “Path to Paradise: The Unbelievable True Story of the World Trade Center Bombing.”

Great expectations

“I am both thrilled and honored to be in business with Mike Nichols and HBO,” Brokaw said. “These are the kinds of relationships producers dream of, and I expect great things to result.”

Avenue Entertainment Group produces features, movies for television and cable, TV series and one-hour biography programs. Company’s film unit, Avenue Pictures, produced the Academy Award-winning “Restoration,” as well as Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” and “The Player.”

Brokaw and Avenue also have produced features including “Finding Graceland,” “Drugstore Cowboy” and “The Object of Beauty.” Upcoming features include “Mindhunters,” to be financed by Intermedia, and “The Last Good Feeling,” directed by James Merendino. Upcoming made-fors include “The 12 Apostles” and CBS’ “Special Occasions.”

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