Callaway, Katleman ink for Burton's 'Oz' series

Trey Callaway and Michael Katleman have signed on as exec producers of Tim Burton’s upcoming drama skein “Lost in Oz” from Columbia TriStar TV Distribution.

Callaway is set to write the pilot and will serve as the showrunner along with Katleman on the project conceived by Burton and his producing partner Joel Smith.

Fantasy-adventure series will be derived in part from the 40-plus “Oz” books penned by L. Frank Baum, although CTTD execs are keeping mum on the specific premise of the show.

“Lost in Oz” is tentatively slated to bow as a syndie drama in fall 2000, but the project has attracted interest from other quarters and could wind up as a network or cable offering, according to Russ Krasnoff, CTTD’s exec VP of programming.

CTTD inked the deal with Burton last October, but development of “Lost in Oz” was delayed while Burton finished helming the Johnny Depp/Christina Ricci starrer “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” due out from Mandalay Pictures/Paramount in November.

Callaway and Katleman most recently served as exec producers on UPN’s short-lived drama “Mercy Point.” Callaway’s other scripting credits include last year’s “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” while Katleman’s TV directing credits include “ER,” “The X-Files” and “Northern Exposure.” Pair is repped by the William Morris Agency.

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