Two former execs at Michael Ovitz’s troubled AMG — Artists Television Group prexy Eric Tannenbaum and Artists Production Group prexy Cathy Schulman — are setting up a film and TV production company with former Artisan CEO Mark Curcio and former UPN entertainment prexy Tom Nunan.
As yet unnamed outfit would serve as a creative haven for stars seeking to develop pics and skeins.
Curcio is apparently playing the lead role in raising capital and securing a TV deal for the company, with most likely candidates either NBC or Fox. Prior to ankling Artisan as its CEO in 1999, Curcio had been a partner in Bain & Co., overseeing mergers and acquisitions from its L.A. office. Private equity financing is being sought for the movie division of the new company.
The nascent company has already attracted the interest of showrunner (and former AMG client) Darren Star, film helmer Brett Ratner and Overbrook Entertainment producer James Lassiter.
Tannenbaum recently made headlines when he filed suit against Ovitz, claiming the AMG founder hadn’t lived up to a personal pledge to pay Tannenbaum even if the nascent TV unit went under.
Schulman has still not settled her contract with AMG, having ankled in January. Since her departure, Schulman has focused on producing APG pics that she developed as prexy, including “Timeline” at Paramount, “Tell No One” at Sony and “Godsend” at Lions Gate.