Viner, Raffin dawn New Millennium

Former Dove Ent. chiefs form new company

Former Dove Entertainment principals Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin have formed New Millennium Entertainment, a multimedia company spanning film and TV production and publishing, based in Beverly Hills.

Viner formerly served as president of Dove Entertainment, while Raffin was its VP as well as president of Dove Kids, both of which they founded. Last year, Viner and Raffin sold controlling interest in Dove to Media Equities, International. The two will serve as co-presidents of New Millennium.

Initially, New Millennium will consist of four divisions: TV & film development, authors’ partnerships, NME Books and NME Music. Audio will follow after the termination of Viner and Raffin’s noncompete clause with Dove Entertainment.

The film division is currently developing “Boy Wonder,” written by Robert Kaplow with Carl Reiner set to direct, and Viner and Raffin producing.

Television projects in development include a project with Andy Rooney, and Larry King’s “Larry Girls,” both sitcoms. NME is also developing television movies with The Family Channel.

The core concern of the publishing division will be publishing classic and contemporary screenplays. Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart will pen the prefaces for the majority of the screenplays, putting them in historical context.

NME authors’ partnerships involve arrangements with several established scribes to develop their books into film or TV properties, which would be produced by NME.

The NME book publishing division will be launched with a business series authored by leaders in a variety of disciplines.

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