Par taps into Waters supply

Studio signs 'Mean' helmer to first-look deal

Paramount Pictures, continuing a recent dealmaking spree, has signed helmer Mark Waters and CAA agent Jessica Tuchinsky to a three-year first-look producing pact.

Waters, who broke out with tweener successes “Freaky Friday” for Disney and “Mean Girls” for Par, recently wrapped production on DreamWorks’ “If Only It Were True,” with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo.

Waters has also been attached to direct Nickelodeon’s “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and Paramount’s remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” produced by the father-son team of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and John Goldwyn. Waters’ deal doesn’t include a directing requirement.

Tuchinsky has been at CAA since 1990, when she joined the agency as an assistant. She became an agent five years later; besides Waters, current clients include Steven Spielberg, Uma Thurman, Steven Kloves, Andrew Niccol and Scott Silver.

Par prexy Gail Berman said of Waters, “Mark has an incredible sense of story and relationships that will translate well into his role as a producer.”

The Waters-Tuchinsky pact is the second signed at Par under Berman following last week’s deal with indie producer Jason Blum.

Berman, who became prexy May 16, has also approved a pair of major book deals — Robert Ludlum’s “The Chancellor Manuscript” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached and Michael Finkel’s “True Story.” DiCaprio has signed to star and produce “Manuscript” with Red Wagon and the Ludlum estate while Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing the latter.

CAA partner David O’Connor said of Tuchinsky: “Jessica is our family and we are very sad that we won’t see her every day. But we know that this is a great opportunity for her. We will miss her enormously.”

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