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DI Novi Inks With Turner

Denise Di Novi, producer of Columbia Pictures’ hit “Little Women,” will move her production company to Turner Pictures when her deal at Columbia ends in September.

Di Novi will enter into an exclusive multiyear agreement with Turner to produce a wide range of films. She had been hotly sought after by several studios, including the nascent DreamWorks SKG.

The deal, which still has a few unfinished details, marks the first production pact secured by Pascal. It also clearly indicates Turner’s desire to get name producers and talent attached to A-list feature projects.

Turner Broadcasting System is attempting to create a major studio with its three production entities – Turner Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment and New Line Cinema.

“It’s very thrilling for me to be involved with the beginning of what I think is going to be a pretty major company,” Di Novi said. “It’s very exciting to be included in the start-up years. The potential is enormous.”

Di Novi gave no sign of what types of pix she’s interested in producing for Turner, but she said they would likely include some animated projects in addition to live action.

Her deal at Columbia had been exclusive as well, but she was allowed to produce the upcoming animated pic “James and the Giant Peach” for Touchstone. Remaining projects at Columbia include “Afterlife,” the Joss Whedon-scripted project that Jean-Claude Van Damme recently ankled, and “Labor of Love,” which is about to be cast.

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