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Selleck, WB pact on pix, TV

Actor Tom Selleck has inked a film and TV production and development deal with Warner Bros., which includes his starring in the new CBS midseason sitcom “The Closer.”

As has been reported, Selleck decided earlier this fall that Warner Bros. TV and CBS Prods. would co-produce his new sitcom (Daily Variety, Sept. 11). But his new deal with Warner Bros. also includes a fund for developing, producing and possibly starring in feature films and other TV projects for the studio.

The pact was made by Tony Jonas, president of Warner Bros. TV, and Bill Gerber and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, co-presidents of worldwide theatrical production at Warner Bros. Selleck is repped by ICM.

Production begins next month on “The Closer,” executive produced by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss. Selleck plays an ad agency executive.

While the deal originated from a series commitment made by CBS TV president Leslie Moonves, Selleck also had a relationship with Warner Bros. TV from his guest-starring role on NBC’s hit Thursday comedy “Friends.”

Selleck, who became famous for his eight-year role on the drama “Magnum, P.I.,” recently appeared in the Paramount feature “In & Out,” and he starred in TNT’s “Last Stand at Saber River.” His other film credits include “3 Men and a Baby” and “Mr. Baseball.”

Selleck’s exec producing credits include telefilms “B.L. Stryker” and “Ruby Jean and Joe.”

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