Kerrigan spinning to telepic

Producer Steve Tisch and the Walt Disney Co. have emerged as the clear front-runner to produce a TV movie and ancillary programming featuring skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Representatives for the producer and studio are said to be putting the finishing touches on a deal that would call for a telefilm based on the life of Kerrigan — who exploded into the spotlight after the Jan. 6 attack on her by associates of skater Tonya Harding — as well as a primetime special and possible tie-in with the Disney theme parks.

A separate exercise video showcasing Kerrigan is also being discussed.

The movie will probably air on ABC, which, along with the other webs, pursued the project independently through its in-house division. Kerrigan’s representative, sports marketing firm ProServ, narrowed the field earlier this week to 10 contenders after interest was expressed by roughly 50 production entities.

ProServ has been eager to make a deal before the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 12 and will air on CBS.

Citadel Entertainment is developing a separate telefilm for Fox Broadcasting Co. — possibly to air as early as May — that would document Harding’s side of the story, based on court records and other public material (Daily Variety, Feb. 3).

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