Pax pacts for pic with Prince Ed

Ireland (the actress) to star opposite Dye

In its first foray into original telepic production, Pax TV is teaming with prince/producer Edward Windsor for a two-hour holiday drama starring Kathy Ireland.

Ireland will play the youngest daughter of Santa Claus, with John Dye (“Touched by an Angel”) set to star opposite her as the mortal man with whom she is smitten. Windsor — known in non-industry circles as Prince Edward — will serve as exec producer of the pic with scribe Steve Berman.

Tibor Takacs will direct the film, with Jon Carrasco and Stephen Roseberry of the Sterling/Winters Co. on board as producers. Pic is a co-venture between Windsor’s Ardent Prods., Legacy Entertainment and Sterling/Winters.

Mary Donnelly Haskell will play another daughter of Santa Claus. Production on the untitled pic is slated to begin mid-June in Vancouver, with Pax expected to air the movie in November or December.

Ardent pairings

Ardent Prods. has been slowly moving into U.S. production. Last August, it inked a development deal with NBC for a biopic on Windsor’s grandmother, Britain’s Queen Mum. The project is not expected to go forward at the Peacock, however.

Ardent has also had projects in development at CBS, E! and Showtime. Windsor is also close to deals on three other telepics for U.S. webs (Daily Variety, April 11).

Model-turned-thesp Ireland has a slew of TV credits behind her, including a recurring role in NBC’s “Suddenly Susan,” as well as appearances on “Cosby,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Boy Meets World” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Feature roles include “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon I,” “Necessary Roughness” and “The Player.”

Pic was packaged by the William Morris Agency, which reps Ireland, Dye, Haskell, Ardent Prods. and Sterling/Winter.

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