‘Raymond’ creator pacts for $16 mil deal

Walt Disney TV has inked an exclusive four-year development and production deal worth $16 million with Philip Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of the CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Rosenthal will develop new TV series for Disney, and he also signed a first-look feature deal with Disney. His is the latest in a series of expensive TV writer/producer agreements, and Rosenthal and Disney may have hooked up because Walt Disney TV exec David Himelfarb helped develop “Everybody Loves Raymond” when he worked at CBS, sources say.

“We think he’s a good bet,” said David Neuman, president of Walt Disney TV. “He’s enormously talented, a proven show runner. We are always prepared to step up when we feel the talent warrants it.”

Rosenthal is expected to remain as executive producer of the CBS Monday sitcom for at least another year, and he could stay on beyond that.

Prior to “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Rosenthal served as supervising producer on ABC’s “Coach” with his former partner Oliver Goldstick. The duo also wrote together on “Down the Shore,” “Man in the Family” and “A Family for Joe.”

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