In an effort to branch out into film and legit production, TV producers Jonathan Axelrod and James Widdoes (ABC’s “Brother’s Keeper”) have signed with Artists Management Group for representation in television, film and legit production.

The duo formed Axelrod/Widdoes Entertainment in 1993 and have since served as exec producers on CBS’ “Dave’s World” and “Can’t Hurry Love,” among others. Before teaming, Axelrod did a stint at ABC Entertainment and served as exec veepee of worldwide production for Columbia Pictures Television. Widdoes began his career as an actor (“National Lampoon’s Animal House”) and has gone on to direct numerous TV pilots (“Boston Common,” “The Wayans Bros.”).

Axelrod/Widdoes Prods. is currently under an exclusive three-year deal with Paramount Studios and is in production on WB’s “Movie Stars.”

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Scribe Cynthia Cidre (“The Mambo Kings,” Fox’s upcoming “The Falconer”) has signed with the William Morris Agency. The writer, who had previously been repped by CAA, is currently at work on the political thriller “The Cut Out” for Warner Bros.

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Scribes Joe Gayton (Universal’s “Bulletproof”) and Steve Bloom (“Jack Frost,” “James and the Giant Peach”) have signed with Agency for the Performing Arts’ David Saunders. Gayton’s credits include Par’s “Uncommon Valor” (1983), starring Gene Hackman and Robert Stack, and Bloom’s “Rogues,” recently sold to Spyglass with Andy Fleming (“The Craft”) attached to direct.

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James Franco (“Never Been Kissed”), star of NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks” and Phoenix/Sony’s upcoming “Whatever It Takes,” has signed with ICM, where he will be repped by Eddy Yablans, Tracy Brennan, Ron West and Lisa Gallant. He continues to be managed by Randy James of James/Levy/Jacobson. Separately, the percentery has also inked actress Leslie Bibb (the WB’s “Popular”). Bibb’s credits include Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” and Universal’s upcoming “The Skulls,” alongside Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker. The actress is also repped by Raw Talent Management.

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Thesp Lisa Marie has added manager Ed Goldstone of Goldstone Entertainment to her roster. The actress, who has appeared in “Ed Wood” and “Mars Attacks,” will retain William Morris agents Theresa Peters and Eunice Lee.

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Sean Kanan has signed with Metropolitan Talent Agency for representation in all areas. The actor, who has appeared on sudsers “Sunset Beach” and “General Hospital,” is readying his first script, “Christmas With J.D.,” for production with Dean Paras (“Hairshirt”) attached to direct. He continues to be managed by Steven Jensen of Independent Management Group. Another Independent client, actor Michael Dorn (“Star Trek”), is looking to move behind the camera, signing with the Preminger Agency for representation as a director.

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Gold Marshak Liedtke has signed William Shatner (the “Star Trek” franchise), Corbin Bernsen (“The Misadventures of Margaret”) and ice skating champ Katarina Witt for theatrical representation.

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