Odenkirk inks prod’n pact at HBO

Cabler taking stake in shows

NEW YORK — Bob Odenkirk, co-creator and co-star of HBO’s “Mr. Show With Bob & David,” has signed a seven-figure overall production deal with HBO.

The two-year pact gives HBO the opportunity to take a part ownership of Odenkirk’s shows even if the pay cabler passes on some of them. If the net passes on a show, Odenkirk and HBO will pitch the project to other TV outlets as partners.

The wild sketch comedy “Mr. Show,” nominated for multiple Emmys, completed its fourth season on HBO earlier this year. New episodes will not be produced next year.

Odenkirk also has a feature film in the works. “The Ronnie Dobbs Movie,” based on a sketch from “Mr. Show,” is being developed by Odenkirk and David Cross (the “David” in “Mr. Show”). The film has not yet been sold.

‘Sanders’ fixture

Prior to “Mr. Show,” Odenkirk worked on two other HBO programs. He was a regular on “The Larry Sanders Show” as sleazy agent Stevie Grant and served as an executive producer on the short-lived comedy series “Tenacious D.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Odenkirk by attorney Michael Gendler and Ari Emanuel of Endeavor.

Odenkirk’s projects will be executive produced by Bernie Brillstein.

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