Charles Roven's company gets first-look pact

Sony Pictures Entertainment has inked a multiyear first-look deal with producer Charles Roven and his Atlas Entertainment shingle.

Deal reunites Roven with studio prexy Matt Tolmach and co-chair Amy Pascal, with whom he worked while producing projects to launch Turner Pictures with Dawn Steel.

Roven and producing partner Alex Gartner most recently produced the Warner Bros. comedy “Get Smart,” which opened in the top spot at the B.O. over the weekend. He’s also producing WB’s next Batman adventure, “The Dark Knight,” which flies into theaters next month.

Tolmach described Roven as a “passionate, hands-on producer who has a gift for combining elegant and sophisticated storytelling with a commercial sensibility.”

“I truly value a producer who can do it all and make it look easy,” Pascal said. “He is the kind of producer who delivers entertaining and engaging material on time and on budget, and that’s a rare commodity these days.”

In addition to Roven, Atlas is run by producing partners Gartner, who manages development and production, Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander. Alan Glazer serves as exec VP, and oversees the daily operation of the shingle.

As part of its deal with Sony, Atlas will also continue to produce films and manage talent through its Ace Media arm, a joint venture with Steven Chasman.

Roven and Suckle are producing Columbia Pictures’ thriller “The International,” starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and directed by Tom Tykwer. Pic bows Feb. 20.

Atlas’ other credits include “Batman Begins,” “The Brothers Grimm” and the two “Scooby-Doo” pics; Roven has also produced “Twelve Monkeys,” “City of Angels” and “Three Kings.”

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