TEN10 Television’s strategic partner EUE/Sokolow Entertainment was founded by producer/director Jeff Cooney and veteran television producer Sam Sokolow. Cooney & Sokolow are established television producers in today’s thriving television marketplace. EUE/Sokolow attracts high-end talent to develop television properties to be sold directly to network decision makers. What makes EUE/Sokolow unique is its use of its production infrastructure and experience to produce 10-minute pilot/presentations (“mini pilots” of scripted shows and “sizzle reels” of non-scripted shows) of show concepts that are used in the sale of properties to networks. The show creators are able to cast, design and bring their vision to life. Providing top show creators this artistic/creative freedom gives EUE/Sokolow a competitive advantage over studios/conglomerates when courting talent and when pitching these shows to networks.
As veteran show runner Caryn Lucas (ABC’s THE NANNY, ABC Family’s YOUNG & HUNGRY) recently said after finishing production on EUE/SOKOLOW ENTERTAINMENT’s pilot/presentation SHALOM Y’ALL, “this is the only way I ever want to work again – you’ve ruined the studio system for me”.
Cooney & Sokolow are currently in pre-production on GENIUS, a straight-to-series order by Nat Geo that will be produced in partnership with Fox 21 Studios, Imagine Entertainment and OddLot. The first season of GENIUS will be based on Walter Isaacson’s best seller EINSTEIN with Ron Howard slated to direct and Ken Biller signed on as showrunner. Cooney & Sokolow are also in production on a pilot for Freeform called 23. The duo recently completed production on the first season of VACATION CHASERS, a non-scripted series that it produced for HLN and THE REAL SVU, a true crime pilot for Lifetime Movie Network.
In the last several years, Cooney & Sokolow have set up shows as executive producers at HBO, ABC, NBC, Freeform, Nat Geo, TNT, E!, Lifetime Movie Network, HLN, OWN & Travel Channel.
National Geographic Channel has given a straight-to-series order to GENIUS, its first ever scripted series. The anthology drama– telling the stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators — hails from Imagine TV, Fox 21 TV Studios, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. Imagine principal, Oscar-winning helmer Ron Howard, is set to direct the first episode of the series, whose maiden season will focus on famous physicist Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography Einstein: His Life and Universe.