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Management co. inks prod'n deal with 20th

New management company Power Entertainment has inked a first-look production deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Pact calls for the laff-centric company, an offshoot of the recent partnering of former William Morris and ICM veep David Goldman and comedy producer Robert Hartmann, to develop new series programming for the studio utilizing Power talent.

“David and Robert have a practiced eye for spotting fresh and distinctive talent, and we’ll be relying on them for access and exposure to this pool of undiscovered talent,” 20th Century Fox Television toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a joint statement announcing the deal.

Current Power clients include former “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” star Mark Curry, Eugene Levy (“American Pie”), Flex Alexander (“Homeboys in Outer Space”) and the Second City comedy troupe.

Power has already begun development on a sketch comedy/improv skein for Twentieth that would use members of Second City.

Hartmann’s comedy production credits include Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman” and Rick Reynolds’ “Only the Truth Is Funny,” along with several HBO comedy specs, including “Dennis Miller: Black and White.” He’s spent 15 years with the Improv chain of comedy clubs, owning two yuk huts himself.

In addition to working as a veep at WMA and ICM, Goldman spent three years as a producer, working mainly for Paramount Pictures and Viacom Television.

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