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Alliance inks telepic deals with ABC, NBC

Alliance Communications has inked deals to develop telepix for ABC and NBC, the former featuring the directing debut of actor Steve Guttenberg.

Toronto-based Alliance has teamed up with Guttenberg, a star of “Three Men and a Baby,” to helm “To Save the Children,” a two-hour movie being developed for ABC.

The drama, an Alliance/Steve Guttenberg co-production, is about the real-life experiences of couples trying to adopt children in Romanian orphanages.

It will be scripted by Anna Sandor and William Gough, whose credits include the top-rated CBS telefilm “Family of Strangers.”

The pair recently signed a first-look deal with Alliance.

The NBC project is “Lethal Secrets,” a two-hour telefilm featuring “Full House” star John Stamos and based on reported incidents at unregulated donor insemination banks.

The film will be scripted by “Anne of Green Gables” writer Joe Wiesenfeld.

“We’ve embarked on a strategy of internationalization, and striking new business relationships with top international talent is fundamental to our most important growth area,” Alliance Communications chairman/CEO Robert Lantos said.

Alliance has several American TV projects in various stages of production, including “Due South,” a two-hour comedy/action series pilot that will be delivered to CBS this week; “Atomic Tommy,” a half-hour series pilot recently delivered to Nickelodeon; and a six-part series of Harlequin telefilms for CBS.

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