Pate brothers ink for pix, TV in pair of USA pacts

Drama skein snags reorder

Sibling hyphenates Josh and Jonas Pate (“The Grave”) have inked separate deals with Studios USA and USA Films.

The pact with Studios USA is a multi-year drama development deal to create dramatic series. At USA Films, the brothers will write, produce and direct features under the Gramercy Pictures label.

Studios USA prexy David Kissinger called the Pates “uniquely audacious, smart and ambitious. I believe they have the drive and inventiveness to create hit programming in today’s competitive television environment.”

The Pates created and produced the drama skein “GvsE” for USA Network; the skein recently snagged a 22-episode full season order and will shift to USA sister cabler Sci Fi Network later this year.

At USA Films, the Pates will first develop “Earl Watt,” a sci-fi action thriller for Gramercy and Interscope

The Pates first made their mark with their pic “The Grave,” which played at Sundance in 1996. The film, which stars Craig Sheffer, Gabrielle Anwar and Josh Charles, later played on HBO.

Jonas worked at Miramax Films; Josh began his career at the Independent Feature Project.

Prior to their Sundance experience, the Pates co-produced “Deceiver,” which they co-wrote and directed. The pic screened at the Venice Film Festival and was acquired and released by MGM in 1998.

In addition to their film work, the brothers have directed commercials for the Gap and other companies.

The Pates’ pact was negotiated by UTA and attorney Bryan Wolff at Zifftren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer.

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