Chris and Paul Weitz are about to make a big push into television via a rich pod deal at NBC Universal Television Studio.
Hyphenates behind the “American Pie” trilogy and “About a Boy” are in final talks to set up a two-year pact at NUTS that could be worth up to $4 million, people familiar with the deal said. Weitz brothers and their Depth of Field banner, headed by partner Andrew Miano, are already based at U for film.
Miano also will head TV development for Depth of Field, working with VP Kerry Kohansky.
Several studios were in the hunt for the Weitz brothers deal. While details are still being hammered out, it’s believed the deal guarantees at least $3 million over two years, putting it on the high end for NUTS pod deals. In success, episodic fees could push the accord’s value to $4 million.
Under the deal, the Weitz brothers will create and exec produce series projects for studio, developing both half-hour and hourlong pilots. It’s also possible they may direct individual pilots if their sked allows, though the deal doesn’t specifically call for that.
‘Since we’ve been working separately on films, this will be a great opportunity to have some fun collaborating in television,” Paul Weitz said.
Miano called the TV deal “a natural extension of the company.
“I think we’re going to be selective, as we have in film, to find the right projects to be part of,” he added.
The NUTS deal was spearheaded by studio prexy Angela Bromstad, who couldn’t be reached for comment by press time. NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly was also an advocate of the pact.
“They’re right on brand for the network with what they do,” Reilly told Daily Variety. “They have a feel for contemporary dramas and comedies and fresh characters that fits into the tone we’re looking for.”
While the NUTS deal reps the first time the Weitz brothers have inked an exclusive pact with a TV studio, it’s not their first foray into the small screen. They exec-produced the WB laffer “Off Centre” and jointly directed the pilot for Mike White’s Fox comedy “Cracking Up.”
WMA-repped Weitz brothers most recently produced the U feature “In Good Company,” with Paul Weitz writing and helming the film that starred Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid. Paul Weitz is also in production on “American Dreamz,” which he wrote and is directing for U.