WBTV inks ‘Band’ leader

Nutter looks to direct, develop projects

Emmy-nominated helmer David Nutter (“Band of Brothers”) has inked a new overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Two-year, low seven figure pact calls for Nutter to direct both series pilots and episodes. There’s also a provision for Nutter to develop and produce series projects for WBTV.

Veteran helmer has one of the small screen’s best track records for getting pilots picked up to series: His previous seven pilots, going back to 1995, have all snagged greenlights.

Deal extends Nutter’s previous relationship with the studio, which began about 18 months ago when he directed the pilot for WBTV and Tollin/Robbins Prods.’ “Smallville.” He also helmed and exec produced the pilot for the Eye’s upcoming drama “Without a Trace,” which is already generating preseason buzz as a legit challenger to NBC’s long dominant 10 p.m. Thursday powerhouse “ER.”

“David did an extraordinary job directing ‘Smallville and the pilot of ‘Without a Trace’ said WBTV prexy Peter Roth. “He is a true creative force with a distinctive vision, and we are thrilled that he will be continuing his relationship with WBTV.”

Nutter said he’s enjoyed working with WBTV, particularly because of Roth’s upbeat attitude toward projects.

“We’re on the same page when it comes to passion,” Nutter told Daily Variety. “What excites me is when I can do something that touches my soul or heart, and Peter Roth is the same way. If I’m not passionate about something, I can’t do it.”

Helmer is up for an Emmy later this month for his directing work on a seg of HBO’s much-lauded WWII mini “Band of Brothers.”

Nutter’s extensive small screen credits include the pilots for Fox Broadcasting sci-fi skeins “Dark Angel,” “Millennium” and “Space: Above and Beyond,” as well as the WB’s “Roswell” and NBC’s “Sleepwalkers.” He also directed multiple segs of “ER” and “The X-Files.”

On the feature side, Nutter helmed the 1998 thriller “Disturbing Behavior.”

Deal was brokered by Nutter’s reps at Endeavor and Industry Entertainment.

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