Edwards' prod'n co. exits Disney

NEW YORK — Anthony Edwards is turning from doctoring on TV to tending to film and TV projects for Warner Bros.

“ER” star Edwards has set up TV and film projects at his production company, Aviator, under a first-look deal at the studio with producing partner Dante Di Loreto. The pact is for about three years.

Edwards had a one-year deal with Disney that lapsed in August. The actor said he was eager to move to Warner Bros., where he has shot NBC’s “ER” for the last three seasons. This deal started at the beginning of the current season of “ER.”

“Since Warner Bros. has made me feel so at home as an actor, it is only natural for me to want to develop more projects with them,” Edwards said.

Di Loreto, a childhood friend of Edwards, had been his partner in legit ventures as well as the Disney pact.

Edwards and Di Loreto have a slew of indie, low-budget projects in development. Aviator is already in pre-production on “Us Belongs To You,” a romantic comedy that will shoot in London starting June 2. Edwards will exec produce with Di Loreto and star in the pic, about a love triangle involving Edwards, a woman (Jenny Seagrove) and her dentist.

Edwards also plans to direct. Before “ER,” he helmed the cable family pic “Charlie’s Ghost Story.”

‘Things we love’

The actor said that he and Di Loreto plan to concentrate on finding “things we love,” rather than try to predict what the studios will immediately greenlight. “It all depends on the project,” Edwards said.

Other feature pics in development for Aviator include:

* “Brother Bertram,” based on a comic novel about a monk’s misadventures during his first visit to New York City. Pic is set up at Disney and will be produced by Edwards, Di Loreto and Irv Wilson. Jimmy Hawkins will exec produce. Script is by Jonathan Roberts and Steve Bloom.

* “Wrigleyville,” a romantic comedy by Kristin Rusk and Ian Deitchman about two diehard Cub fans, set to be helmed by Jonathan Kaplan.

* “World of Tomorrow,” a sci-fi adventure story, written and directed by Steve DeJarnatt (“Miracle Mile”).

* “Dark Angels,” a true World War II drama about a squadron of young fighter pilots, based on the work of aviation expert Reina Pennington.

* “Lord of the Rushie River,” based on the English children’s fairy tale by Cicely Mary Barker.

TV plans

Edwards and Di Loreto also have a handful of TV projects, including “Danny,” a telepic about a man whose mind is erasing itself. Neal Baer is scripting for Warner Television.

Other projects include “Quarrel of Sparrows,” the James Duff comedy based on his stage play, either as a feature or TV longform; and “The Thomas Nast Story,” a family telefilm set in post-Civil War New York, scripted by Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser. Aviator also has a half-hour TV project with comedian Steve Kearney. The writers are Peter Ocko and Adam Barr.

Edwards stars as Dr. Mark Greene on “ER.” But he has numerous feature thesp credits, including “Heart Like a Wheel,” “The Sure Thing,” “Gotcha,” “Top Gun,” “Hawks,” “Mr. North,” “Miracle Mile” and “The Client.” He most recently starred in the CBS remake of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” opposite Eric Roberts.

How did Edwards and Di Loreto decide on Aviator? They both love planes, Edwards said.

Edwards’ deal at Warner Bros. was brokered by United Talent Agency, and he is repped by Steve Lovett of Lovett Management.

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