Disney TV, Karz cozy up

Mike Karz, VP of David Hoberman’s Mandeville Films, has inked a first-look deal with Walt Disney Television to produce movies and series.

Karz Entertainment will be based at Walt Disney Studios, and Karz will work closely with Charles Hirschhorn, president of Disney Telefilms, which is supplying ABC with movies next season for the Sunday 7-9 p.m. slot.

Karz most recently worked with Hirschhorn and Disney Telefilms on “Toothless,” a movie for ABC starring Kirstie Alley.

“We’re thrilled to have Mike on our team,” Hirschhorn said, adding that Karz “has brought us an exciting bunch of new projects.”

While at Mandeville, he was involved in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release “George of the Jungle,” starring Brendan Fraser, and recent release “The 6th Man” with Marlon Wayans. He also developed the upcoming Miramax film “Senseless,” which also stars Wayans. He was Hoberman’s first hire when the company was launched in 1995.

“I grew up watching ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ and I am thrilled to be part of the process,” Karz said.

Before Mandeville, Karz was director of creative affairs for TriStar Pictures, where he was involved with “Rudy,” among other projects. He started at Orion Pictures as a story editor.

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