Regent crowns Krass for telepix

Emmy winner pacts for exclusive, first-look distrib

Regent Entertainment has signed its first development and financing deal for television movies with producer Ellen M. Krass’ EMK Prods. The agreement gives Regent an exclusive, first-look opportunity to distribute all of Krass’ projects under the Regent banner.

“We are pleased to have a producer with Ellen’s taste and judgment joining our team,” said Regent chairman-CEO Stephen Jarchow. “This deal is a part of Regent’s strategic plans for the future.”

Krass and EMK received a 1999 Emmy Award for best motion picture for HBO’s “A Lesson Before Dying,” starring Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. Based on the bestselling novel by Ernest J. Gaines, the film was also named best television movie by the National Board of Review.

“Being recognized by Regent to produce projects I believe in is what every producer ultimately wants,” said Krass. “I’m thrilled about this new partnership.”

Krass’ filmography includes Warner Bros.’ “Other People’s Money,” starring Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck; as well as the television specials “Sweeney Todd,” starring Angela Lansbury; “You Can’t Take It With You,” starring Jason Robards; “The Gin Game,” starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn; and “Barbra Streisand: One Voice.”

Krass and director of development Jeff Steele will be based at Regent’s oceanfront offices in Santa Monica, Calif.

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