Former Giant Pictures exec Benjamin Tappan is moving to Landscape Entertainment as SVP Television. The appointment was announced today by Landscape Partners Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell. In his new role, Tappan will manage Landscape’s TV slate along with Director of Development Sandy Shenkman. Current projects include the event series Nazareth, the first project under an overall deal between Landscape and Fox, as well as the recently announced Brand for USA Networks, exec produced by Jodie Foster (who also is attached to direct). Also on deck is Death In The Modern Age, which Landscape is producing as part of its first-look deal with Entertainment One television. Tappan most recently served as SVP at 20th Century Fox-based Giant Pictures where he oversaw development on projects, including A Good Day To Die Hard, Agent 47 and Go Like Hell.
Landscape Entertainment has promoted Tyler Mitchell to Partner and has extended its first-look deal with Entertainment One Television through 2015, the company said today. In his new role, Mitchell will oversee both Landscape’s film and television slates, with projects in active development at Warner Bros., Disney, New Regency, HBO, Fox, WGN, TNT, and USA. Under their first look deal with eOne Television, Landscape will continue to develop and produce projects targeted primarily for cable. Mitchell joined Landscape in 2011 as Head of Feature Film, working as a producer on several pics including The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Lucky Number Sleven and most recently The Angriest Man In Brooklyn set for release later this year. Mitchell also has worked in television as both a producer and writer on NBC’s Kidnapped and My Own Worst Enemy. Landscape Entertainment is repped in TV by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran producer Bob Cooper’s company Landscape Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with independent studio Entertainment One Television. Under the pact, Landscape Entertainment will develop new scripted TV projects for the U.S. and international markets, on which eOne will serve as the studio and deficit financier, as well as handle worldwide distribution. As part of the agreement, Landscape Entertainment will be based out of the eOne offices in Los Angeles. “We’re very excited about partnering with Bob and his team at Landscape to bring compelling television programming to a global marketplace,” said John Morayniss, CEO of eOne Television. Added Cooper, “I have known John for many years and have great respect for how he has successfully built his company.”
EXCLUSIVE: Landscape Entertainment has promoted J.J. Jamieson to the newly created position of President of Television. Additionally, Bob Cooper’s film and television production company has renewed its first-look TV deal with FremantleMedia North America. Under the pact with Fremantle, Landscape has been developing scripted series projects, mostly cable dramas. Jamieson, who previously served as SVP, has spearheaded these efforts, selling a dozen projects to such networks as HBO, USA, AMC, TNT, Lifetime, Comedy Central, Syfy, Cartoon Network, and ABC. They include the Syfy pilot Three Inches and the ABC drama Beautiful Gangsters produced by Anthony LaPaglia. “There’s always a bit of luck, though I do find that in general, the harder we work, the luckier we get,” Jamieson said of the company’s slew of TV sales. As for extending the collaboration with Fremantle, “they’ve added value to every pitch we’ve taken to the marketplace,” he said. Jamieson, whose resume includes stints as a creative executive in NBC’s Movies & Mini-Series Department and running LaPaglia’s production company, will continue to work closely with Cooper. Also promoted at Landscape is Jordan Helman to Executive Director.
EXCLUSIVE: Landscape Entertainment CEO Bob Cooper has hired producer Tyler Mitchell to be his head of feature films. Mitchell is one of the producers of Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy that has Steve Carell set to star and Jim Carrey in talks to play rival Las Vegas magicians. He’s also a producer on the period bank robbery drama The Architect at Warner Bros and recently sold the Jonathan Abrams pitch Legal Aide to the CW. Mitchell is exec producing that pilot with Jason Smilovic, Timberman/Beverly and Robert Luketic. Luketic is directing the pilot.
“Tyler’s expertise in all aspects of production will make him a huge asset to our company,” Cooper said.
Mitchell started as a production vice president and head of development for FilmEngine, where he worked on the films The Butterfly Effect and Lucky Number Slevin. He left to become a partner in Dark & Stormy Entertainment, a partnership with Smilovic and Robert Kravis that hatched the NBC series Kidnapped and My Own Worst Enemy.
UPDATED: Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place) and Naoko Mori (Torchwood) have joined SyFy’s drama pilot Three Inches as a regulars. The project, from Fox TV Studios and Landscape Entertainment, centers on Walter (Noah Reid), a twentysomething underachiever who acquires a seemingly worthless superpower after getting struck by lightning: he can move any object three inches with his mind. He goes on to recruit a team of fellow heroes, each with their own less-than-spectacular abilities. Jacobsen, repped by APA and Global Creative, and Mori, repped by Michael Greene & Assoc., will play two of them, Watts, a beautiful “super” hero who has the ability to shape the emotions of anyone she meets at close range, and a woman who can duplicate and recite any sounds she hears, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian actor Noah Reid has landed the lead in SyFy’s pilot Three Inches. The project, from Fox TV Studios and Landscape Entertainment, centers on Walter (Reid), a twentysomething underachiever who acquires a seemingly worthless superpower after getting struck by lightning: he can move any object three inches with his mind. He goes on to recruit a team of fellow heroes, each with their own less-than-spectacular abilities. Jace Alexander is set to direct the pilot from a script by Harley Peyton. Reid, who has appeared on a number of Canadian series, is repped by Toronto’s Gary Goddard Agency. Three Inches is one of two pilots SyFy has in the works, along with Alphas.