HBO is keeping Doug Ellin behind its velvet rope, signing a three-year overall deal with the “Entourage” creator/exec producer.
Eight-figure pact is an extension of the deal Ellin has been under at HBO for several years. It covers the upcoming seventh and eighth seasons of “Entourage” and development projects.
As “Entourage” likely winds down in the next few years, Ellin is focused on spreading his wings as producer.
One project Ellin is shepherding at HBO is a politically themed comedy from scribe Ben Schwerin about an young man who gets to work for his idol, a former U.S. president shortly after he leaves office. Project is being developed through the Leverage Entertainment banner that is also home to “Entourage.” He’s also working with fellow “Entourage” exec producer Ally Musika on a femme-focused project for HBO.
Ellin has stayed in the HBO fold and at the helm of “Entourage” since its inception in 2003 because the show is his baby (he was particularly proud last year when President Obama cited it as one of his faves) and because HBO is such a haven for writers.
“It’s been such a great place to work since day one,” Ellin said. “They’re so great to creators in allowing them to find their voice and do what they want to do.”
“Entourage’s” new season bows June 27. Ellin is set to direct several of the upcoming 10 segs, as he did last season.