'Entourage' exec producer inks two-year deal
HBO is hugging it out with “Entourage” exec producer Rob Weiss, sealing a two-year, seven-figure deal with the scribe.Under terms of the pact — hammered out prior to HBO entertainment prexy Carolyn Strauss’ exit from the post — Weiss will continue on “Entourage” and eventually develop projects at the pay cabler. Weiss is working on the fifth season of the hit Hollywood-themed comedy, which resumes shooting at the end of April. “Entourage” will return to HBO’s sked in September; after that, Weiss will turn his attention to new projects for the channel. “We’re talking about a variety of things, some half-hour stuff, some hour stuff,” Weiss said. “There’s a couple of worlds I’m interested in, subcultures with characters I’d like to explore. But there’s nothing firm yet.” Weiss, who’s said to be one of the inspirations for “Entourage’s” bombastic director Billy Walsh, has been with the show since its first season. According to Weiss, the upcoming batch of “Entourage” eps will pick up where the show’s fourth season left off: the disastrous Cannes screening of “Medellin.” The show’s characters must suck up the financial hit they took from funding the dog of a project — and what it means to Vince’s acting (and Eric’s managing) career. “It could be a pretty interesting season,” Weiss said. “It will be very true to what you see actors go through after a movie like that.” As for the HBO deal, Weiss said he decided to stick with HBO because of a kinship he feels with the net’s sensibilities. “I can think of no better place,” he said. “I don’t know how some of the things that come out of my head would play on CBS. HBO is more character-driven, and they’re similar to the way I think. The execs there are incredibly creative, and have their finger on the pulse.” Beyond “Entourage,” Weiss’ credits include writing, exec producing, directing and appearing in the Fine Line feature “Amongst Friends.” He’s next developing a feature based on the Elmore Leonard book “Swag.”
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