Touchstone inks Favreau to TV deal

Jon Favreau, the writer, co-producer and star of the Miramax pic “Swingers,” has inked an exclusive one-year development deal with Disney’s Touchstone TV, his first entry into small screen production.

Under terms of the deal, Favreau will develop, write, produce and direct series and longform TV programming for the studio, which worked with Favreau through its ownership of Miramax.

David Neuman, president of Touchstone TV, called Favreau “one of the most exciting and dynamic writer-directors to come on the TV scene in recent memory,” and his “truly unique vision and our experience working with him makes this deal a natural fit for us.”

In addition to “Swingers,” Favreau wrote “Leatherheads,” which is in development at Universal. Favreau is also an actor who recently had a recurring guest stint as Monica’s boyfriend on NBC’s Thursday hit “Friends.” His other acting credits include “Rudy” and “Deep Impact,” which also stars Tea Leoni and Robert Duvall and is set for release next year.

He’s also finishing production on “Very Bad Things,” which co-stars Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater. Favreau will also star as Rocky Marciano in the film “Marciano” (Daily Variety, Nov. 14).

Favreau was repped by UTA and attorneys Bob Gettman and Geoff Oblath.

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