Pic is studio's first buy under Kerner prod'n deal

Paramount Pictures has paid a mid-six-figures sum to pick up the romantic comedy pitch “Daddy’s Girls” for producer Jordan Kerner.

Pic, which marks the first spec purchase under Kerner’s recently signed four-year overall production deal at the studio (Daily Variety, April 14), will be penned by Steven Gary Banks and Claudia Grazioso.

Set in present-day San Francisco, “Girls” concerns an overprotective single father of two beautiful daughters in their late teens and early 20s. Kerner Entertainment exec VP Paul Neesan will exec produce the pic and oversee its development.

First film under the new Paramount deal, which became effective June 1, will be “Guam Goes to the Moon,” written by David Diamond and David Weisman for director Brian Levant.

Banks and Grazioso have three other fast-track development projects set up around town — “35 to Life” for New Line Cinema, “Are We There Yet?” for Revolution and “Coeds” for Warner Bros. Scribes are repped by ICM. Banks is managed by Evolution and Grazioso by Palomar. Kerner Entertainment is repped by CAA.

Kerner’s recent credits during his first-look pact at Disney, which spanned 10 years, include “Snow Dogs,” “Inspector Gadget” and “George of the Jungle.” Although his deal at Disney expired at the end of May, Kerner remains a producer on Disney’s sequel to “Snow Dogs” and direct-to-vid sequel to “George of the Jungle.”

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