Stern pacts with Mouse toon arm

Scribe Jared Stern has inked a two-year overall deal with Walt Disney Feature Animation. Under the exclusive pact, Stern will pen original projects for the division and be assigned to existing projects.

Stern caused a stir with his idea for the third installment of the successful Disney franchise “Toy Story 3.” The studio had been down the road with several high-profile writers for a new Woody and Buzz Lightyear starrer until Stern came up with a version of the story when he was a young participant in the Feature Animation Development Program.

Execs liked his idea so much they scrapped the other versions and chose Stern’s, leading him to the current deal. He has already been assigned to some projects under the deal, though specific titles are being kept under wraps.

Stern also just launched a production shingle called A Stern Talking To. His other credits include an untitled pilot for CBS that is shooting this month and the pilot “200 Ways to Get Away With Murder” for the WB and Carsey-Werner.

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