Vet Pennette storms Castle

'Caroline' co-creator to develop comedy skeins

“Caroline in the City” co-creator and exec producer Marco Pennette has pacted with Castle Rock Entertainment for an exclusive multiyear development deal.

Pennette will create primetime comedy skeins for the Time Warner unit, starting with pilot scripts now in the works at CBS and the WB.

“It’s a pleasure having Marco join us,” Castle Rock Television prexy Glenn Padnick said. “He writes comedy with energy and heart. He’s a winner.”

At the WB, Pennette is pairing with producer Gil Junger for “Split,” a view of divorce from the eyes of a teenager. The CBS comedy is a still-forming half-hour, “Late Bloomer.”

Pennette’s last major series credit was creating and exec producing the NBC sitcom “Conrad Bloom,” which aired during the 1998-99 season. Before that, he created the Lea Thompson starrer “Caroline” for CBS Prods. and NBC. Latter skein ran from 1995 until last May, and was successfully sold into syndication.

Among Pennette’s other credits are segs of “The Golden Palace” and “Dave’s World.” His TV career began after he sold a script for an episode of “Kate & Allie” while he was still enrolled as a student at NYU. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he spent three years on “Dear John.”

Pennette’s deal was brokered by Robb Rothman of the Rothman Agency and attorney Bob Myman.

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