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Telescene, Wendel ink pact

MONTREAL — Canuck TV producer Sam Wendel has inked an exclusive first-look production deal with the Telescene Film Group of Montreal, and, working closely with Telescene’s L.A. office, Wendel will write and co-produce theatrical features, telepics, miniseries and series for cable and network TV.

The agreement was announced Monday by Bruce Moccia, the L.A.-based senior vice president of Telescene.

Wendel’s last position was as VP of development and production in the L.A. office of Canadian family-fare producer Cinar Films, and, prior to that, he was head of the Hollywood operation of Canadian film and TV funder Telefilm Canada. Wendel, who hails originally from Montreal, has also worked as a development exec at Norman Lear’s Tandem/TAT Communications.

“Sam brings a lot of experience and a lot of contacts to the table,” said Moccia. “He’s been a leader in Canada all his life and the fact that he’s brought other people, writers and directors, into the fold, it’s a tremendous benefit for us.”

Wendel already has a script, a coming-of-age comedy-drama “You Make Me Nervous,” which Telescene plans to produce as a modest feature or TV movie. Telescene is presently shooting “The Hunger,” a 22-episode horror an-thology series to be co-produced with Ridley and Tony Scott’s company, Scott Free. The show, currently lensing in Montreal, will be hosted by Brit thesp Terence Stamp and is set to air on Showtime this summer. Telescene is also prepping a new sitcom, “Student Bodies,” a syndicated series being distributed by Twentieth Television in the U.S.

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