Wide-ranging Goldberg pacts at Col Tristar
Columbia TriStar TV has inked a production and development deal with actress Whoopi Goldberg and her company One Ho Prods.The studio will have a first-look deal for projects developed and executive produced by Goldberg, including TV series, telefilms, miniseries, specials, gameshows and children’s programming. While most of Goldberg’s projects are in the nascent stages of development, sources say the actress is ex-pected to have at least a recurring role in one or more of the projects she produces. Before signing this deal, CTT was developing a sitcom called “Ruby” for UPN, with the voice of Goldberg as a diva puppet. New projects that may be on the horizon include hour drama “Harlem” for CBS that could potentially star Frank Langella. Goldberg’s also developing sitcoms at a couple of webs, including one at CBS. While Goldberg is best known for her acting work and short-lived talkshow, she has produced several projects in the past, including the syndicated special “A Laugh, a Tear” and the Nickelodeon special “Tales From the Whoop.” She now is shooting two films, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” for 20th Century Fox and “The Deep End of the Ocean” for Mandalay Entertainment. She recently wrote a book called “Book,” which instantly hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Goldberg’s deal was made by CTT president Eric Tannenbaum and William Morris Agency agents Ann Blanchard and Cara Stein.