HBO inks milestone helmer pact

Coulter signs due to HBO's 'sensibility'

In its first exclusive TV directing deal, HBO has pacted with Allen Coulter, who has directed episodes of HBO series “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.”

Two-year deal, also a first for Coulter, calls for him to work on both series and original movies for the cabler. Neither HBO nor Coulter’s reps would divulge financial details of the deal.

Coulter said he will likely continue working on “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” as well as at least one new series for the network in addition to movies.

“I felt that their sensibility was incredibly close to my own; they’re very daring, they’re willing to take risks and they’re very respectful of artists they hire,” Coulter said of why he made the deal. “How can you say no?” he added.

“Allen Coulter is a gifted and versatile director who has played an important role in the success of two of HBO’s most important shows,” said Chris Albrecht, president of HBO Original Programming. “We look forward to expanding our productive collaboration with him.”

Coulter has been nominated for an Emmy this year for an episode of “The Sopranos,” “The Knight in White Satin Armor.” He has served as a producer for the series’ second season, which wrapped earlier this year.

In addition to directing episodes of “Sopranos” and “Sex and the City,” Coulter has also directed episodes of “The X-Files,” “Millennium,” “Prince Street” and “Michael Hayes.”

Coulter’s deal was negotiated by Elliot Webb and Paul Alan Smith of BKWU and attorney Marvin Putnam of Barnes, Morris, Klein and Yorn.

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