Schwimmer’s harboring Hancock

Exec to o'see development at 'Friends' thesp's shingle

“Friends” star David Schwimmer has partnered with vet NBC exec Larry Hancock to launch his Dark Harbor Prods. shingle.

Peacock sealed a first-look deal with Schwimmer in April to develop, produce and direct series (Daily Variety, April 10). Hancock, most recently a producer at NBC Studios, will now oversee comedy/drama/reality development at Dark Harbor.

“Larry Hancock will be a great addition to the venture David Schwimmer has formed,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker. “I’m looking forward to some terrific new television programs to spring from their team.”

Prior to his stint as a producer, Hancock was VP of comedy development at NBC from 2000-02. While there, he had a hand in the development of Peacock laffer “Scrubs.”

Hancock first joined the Peacock as director of primetime series at NBC Studios in 1996. While there, he worked on series such as “Providence” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Moving to the network, he developed “Will & Grace” and handled current series duties on dramas such as “ER” and “The West Wing.”

The exec joined NBC from MCA/Universal Studios.

“I am very excited to start working with Larry in developing new talent with provocative, edgy, original voices,” said Schwimmer, who’s repped by Gersh.

Thesp, best known for his Emmy-nominated turn as Ross Geller on “Friends,” has also directed a number of episodes of the hit comedy. He also helmed the Miramax film “Since You’ve Been Gone” and directed stage treatments of “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Schwimmer also adapted Studs Terkel’s book “Race” for Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater Co., which he co-founded in 1988.

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