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Inside Move: Werner eyeing WB for TV prod’n shingle

TV guru in talks with Warners over Mosaic Media

As he embarks on his first endeavor sans longtime partner Marcy Carsey, TV megaproducer Tom Werner is in talks to set up his new shingle at Warner Bros. TV.

After pitching their new production entity around town, Werner and Mosaic Media’s Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller — with whom Werner is forging a new company (Daily Variety, June 28) — have zeroed in on Warner Bros. in recent days.

Werner’s no stranger to Warner Bros. TV topper Peter Roth. The execs worked together at ABC in the late 1970s, and Carsey-Werner produced one of the biggest hits for Fox under Roth’s watch as network entertainment president, “That ’70s Show.”

Werner-Gold-Miller had talked to several other studios about a potential deal, including NBC Universal. It’s now believed that WBTV is most likely to do a deal with the new entity, though such a pact is far from locked, insiders said.

It’s also believed several networks have signaled a willingness to give the new company production or pilot commitments, perhaps in exchange for a first-look agreement.

A WBTV rep declined comment.

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