Broad Green Signs Bob Cooper, Richard Saperstein to First-Look Deal

Two-year-old Broad Green Pictures has signed a first-look deal with industry veterans Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein through their new Storyscape Entertainment company.

It’s the first time Broad Green has signed a first-look deal, which includes physical and financial production resources. The company, launched by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, moved into wide-release distribution in September with “A Walk in the Woods,” which grossed a moderate $29 million in the U.S.

Cooper has held executive posts at DreamWorks, TriStar, Artisan and HBO Films and overseen “American Beauty,” “As Good as It Gets,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Meet the Parents.” His current projects include “FBI Wedding” at Universal, with Jason Bateman starring and directing, and “Stealing Time” at DreamWorks.

Saperstein has been an exec with New Line, Artisan and Dimension Films with executive producer credits on “Se7en,” “Hancock” and “1408.” He has begun pre-production on the remake of “The Blob,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

“We are deeply impressed by Bob and Richard’s eye for content and talent,” the Hammonds said in a statement. “They have long been leaders in our industry and we look forward to working with them to add dynamic films to our slate with projects beginning in early 2016.”

Broad Green announced last month that it had signed “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez to join its development and production team in an exclusive pact under which he became an in-house producer.

Broad Green announced Oct. 14 that it had acquired movie rights to Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel “Orphan Train” and had set up the project with Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Prods. It also announced on Oct. 12 that it would produce John Ridley’s Los Angeles riots movie.

News about Storyscape was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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