Singleton segues to TV

Feature filmmaker John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”) has inked an exclusive 18-month development and production deal with Warner Bros. TV, where he’s developing a one-hour series called “Crash” for ABC.

“Crash” is Singleton’s first TV project, and the drama about the L.A. Police Dept. SWAT team already has a six-episode commitment from ABC for fall 1998. Singleton co-created “Crash” with writer Chris Jackson, and Singleton will write, executive produce and direct the pilot, as well as consult on and direct future episodes.

Singleton’s seven-figure deal with Warner Bros. TV calls for him to develop, create and produce comedies as well as dramas for the studio. Singleton also will write, direct and produce future projects for Warner Bros.

Singleton began his career as the writer and director of the feature film “Boyz N the Hood” in 1991. Since then, he has written, directed and produced “Poetic Justice,” which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in 1993, and “Higher Learning,” which starred Laurence Fishburne and Ice Cube in 1995.

His most recent film was “Rosewood,” which he directed and produced at Warner Bros., and he’s currently working on Paramount’s “Shaft Returns” and producing “Woo,” which stars Jada Pinkett.

The deal was made by Warner Bros. TV president Tony Jonas and Singleton’s reps at UTA.

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