October 12th, 2010
11:41 AM ET
The end of the marriage between Courteney Cox and David Arquette could be complicated by more than just how to divide the houses and wedding gifts.
That’s because they are also business partners, having formed Coquette Productions in 2004. The pair launched the production company soon after the birth of their daughter Coco, and the West Hollywood-based corporation has been the base of several of their projects, including the now-canceled tabloid based drama “Dirt” (which ran briefly on FX) and Cox’s current starring vehicle “Cougar Town” on ABC.
The couple, who reportedly have “A Deal’s a Deal” inscribed on their wedding rings, recently announced that they have decided to engage in a trial separation after 11 years of marriage.
But their relationship evolved beyond just romance over the years. They served as co-stars in the horror franchise “Scream” films, finders of projects like “Daisy does America,” a reality/comedy series they adapted from British television for TBS, and co-producers of indie films and vehicles for Cox’s acting like “Dirt” and “Cougar Town.”
In September, Variety reported that Coquette was in development with ABC for an ensemble drama titled "911 Operators" which would revolve around the stories of those operators.
In a 2007 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the couple described their working relationship.
“I turn to David for anything that is visual,” Cox said. “I trust his taste on any art direction.... I'm probably more practical, especially with editing. I'm less precious.”
Arquette was even more flattering of his wife.
“Courteney as a businesswoman is amazing,” he told the magazine. “Before ['Friends'] took off, she was making more money redoing houses than she was acting.... [With] Courteney, what you see is what you get. She's not hiding behind any facade. It's her greatest trait. She can't be dishonest.”
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