HBO, Good Kop team

Pact part of plan to create comedy product for banner

HBO Films has inked an exclusive agreement with Elysa Koplovitz’s Good Kop Films to develop and produce low-budget comedies for theatrical release via Picturehouse, the joint venture HBO and New Line launched earlier this year.

Pact is part of an initiative HBO is kickstarting to create original comedy product at the banner.

Under topper Bob Berney, Picturehouse has so far released pics including “The Thing About My Folks,” starring Paul Reiser and Peter Falk, and the current rollout “Ushpizin.”

HBO Films exec veep Keri Putnam said no particular projects have been set for HBO and Good Kop to work on; the pact is “more about an overall relationship.”

She added, “Elysa has a great sense for comedy material and talent relationships across the board. Historically, HBO has enjoyed strong relations with producers and creators of comedy, and we now hope to further build upon those with projects for the bigscreen.”

Koplovitz’s credits include “Office Space” helmer Mike Judge’s upcoming “Idiocracy.”

Exec was previously VP of production at 20th Century Fox for three years, beginning in 2000, where she worked on pics including “Like Mike.” Before her Fox stint, she served at MTV Films for five years.