Thesp to develop projects, receive producing credit

Actress Julia Stiles has signed a development and production deal with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, the producers of her megahit “Save the Last Dance.”

Under the open-ended deal, which has no term nor a specified number of pics, Stiles will develop projects as starring vehicles and receive producing credit on pictures she brings to the studio and MTV Films.

“She’s a great young actress who is very intelligent, has a good development sense and who wants some control over the pictures she stars in,” said David Gale, head of MTV Films. “After the great success and synergy between us and Paramount on ‘Save the Last Dance,’ it seemed a good idea to find ways in which we could all work together again.”

Stiles’ deal was structured by UTA and manager Steven Siebert of Lighthouse Entertainment.

Par and MTV were not the first to identify Stiles’ story talents. In 1998, the then 16-year-old Stiles was selected by the Sundance Institute’s prestigious Screenwriters Lab to develop “The Anarchist’s Daughter,” a script she penned with Scott Saunders and Bob McGrath.

“Dance,” which has grossed $83 million domestically to date, was produced by Robert Cort and David Madden and directed by Thomas Carter.

Stiles, who is attending Columbia U., made her feature film debut in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival pic “Wicked.” She went on to star in Disney’s teen comedy “10 Things I Hate About You,” Miramax’s “Hamlet,” Fine Line Features’ “State and Main” and the “The Business of Strangers,” which screened at this year’s Sundance. Upcoming projects include Universal Pictures’ “The Bourne Identity” and Dimension Films’ “O.”

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