Silver shoots for small screen

Major pic producer to create pilot for NBC

Film producer Joel Silver has landed a pilot commitment with NBC to create an action hour for the Peacock.

Under the deal, Silver’s Warner Bros.-based Silver Pictures will develop three scripts for the network, at least one of which will be shot as a pilot.

Project will be co-produced by Warner Bros. TV and NBC Studios, unless it winds up being based on a pre-existing Warner Bros. property (such as a movie, book or DC Comics idea) –in which case it will come solely from the studio, where Silver has a long-term film and TV deal.

NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said he’s anxious to put a Silver-produced actioner on the network.

“He’s got a lot of ideas we’re excited about,” Zucker said. “That’s why we’re doing three-for-one. A one-hour action drama is high on our list. No one has a great action drama on the air right now.”

Zucker said Silver will work closely on the projects along with his team, which includes Gregory Noveck, who serves as Silver Pictures’ senior VP of television; chief operating officer Steve Richards; and creative exec Dana Shelburne.

“We are excited to be in business with Jeff Zucker and his talented team at NBC,” Silver said. “We have a number of promising projects in development with Peter Roth and WBTV, and we look forward to seeing them on the 2003-04 schedule.”

Silver’s successes

Silver, whose franchise pics such as “Die Hard,” “Lethal Weapon” and “The Matrix” have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, has had mixed success on the small screen.

Silver exec produced HBO’s long-running anthology skein “Tales from the Crypt” and executive produced the Fox laffer “Action,” which drew critical raves and a cult following but didn’t find a big enough audience. Silver also executive produced the short-lived UPN skeins “The Strip” and “Freedom.”

“He wants nothing more than to find the same kind of success on TV that he’s had in the film world,” Zucker said.

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