Bud Grant in 2-year deal at Warners TV

Producer B. Donald (Bud) Grant has inked a non-exclusive two-year deal with Warner Bros. TV, bringing with him a commitment for a CBS pilot featuring comic Andrea Walker.

Grant, the former head of CBS Entertainment, sets up shop at Warner Bros. after entering into a similar arrangement 15 months ago at the Walt Disney Studios. The new deal marks a reunion of sorts for Grant, who worked under WB chairman Bob Daly at CBS before succeeding him as head of the web’s entertainment division in 1980.

In addition to the Walker vehicle, Grant brings with him about a dozen projects in active development and hopes to draw on the studio’s talent resources. The deal was initiated prior to the recently announced consolidation of Warner Bros. and Lorimar TV and now falls under the aegis of Leslie Moonves, who has assumed the title of president, Warner Bros. TV.

Grant produced the CBS series “Cutters” and “Sydney” as well as KTLA-TV’s local “The Late Mr. Pete Show” through Grant/Tribune Prods., an alliance with Tribune Co. formed a few months after Grant left CBS in 1987. The Chicago-based broadcaster recently opted out of the network TV production business, officially ending the Grant/Tribune relationship in February.

Tribune did have an interest in “Cutters,” which Disney distributes through its deal, but has no connection to any future Grant Prods. projects.

The Walker pilot will be based on the comic’s stand-up act and will likely be shot in September, Grant said.

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