Ward pacts with Citadel for TV, film

Sela Ward — who starred for six seasons on the NBC drama “Sisters” — and her as-yet-unnamed production company have pacted with Citadel Entertainment to develop TV movies and independent film projects for Ward to headline and produce.

As part of the pact, CBS has agreed to team with Ward on three telefilms for the network. The pact is non-exclusive and the duration is open-ended.

By inking with CBS, Ward reunites with CBS Entertainment chief Leslie Moonves, who headed up Warner Bros. TV during Ward’s “Sisters” days.

“The quality and intelligence often associated with Citadel films make teaming with them an obvious choice,” Ward said, “and I am especially looking forward to working with Les Moonves again.”

Citadel senior executive Karen Danaher-Dorr said of Ward: “She has great taste in material and wonderful creative instincts.”

Besides “Sisters,” Ward starred as Jessica Savitch in the Lifetime original film “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story,” which earned her a best actress CableAce Award as well as Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Her feature work has included “The Fugitive,” “Hello Again,” “Nothing in Common” and “Rustler’s Rhapsody.”

Ward also has starring roles in the upcoming telefilm “The Reef” for CBS and in the Barbra Streisand/Cis Corman-produced “Woman on a Bicycle” for Showtime.

Ward’s deal was brokered by Steve Dontanville for Brian Mann at ICM along with her attorney, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie of Ziffren, Brittenham, Brance and Fischer. She is repped by Keith Addis and David Seltzer of Addis Wechsler & Associates.

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