Baldwin inks Col TV, pic pact

Actor Alec Baldwin’s production company El Dorado Pictures has signed a two-year overall deal with Columbia TriStar TV and a second-look feature deal with Columbia Pictures, Columbia confirmed Tuesday.

Baldwin’s main focus will continue to be feature films, but his production company, co-headed by Corrinne Mann, will expand into TV for the first time. Under terms of the TV deal, El Dorado Pictures will develop and produce series, movies and miniseries for CTT, some of which Baldwin may star in.

Baldwin, star of films such as “Malice” and “The Hunt for Red October,” currently has a first-look deal with Castle Rock in the feature film arena, which has been extended for at least another year. During the course of its two-year deal, though, Castle Rock hasn’t produced any El Dorado Pictures.

An El Dorado pic, “Second Nature,” is currently going through a rewrite, and could be produced, but because Castle Rock has cut back on its production plans, it’s likely a number of El Dorado Pictures could end up at Columbia, sources say.

On the TV side, Baldwin starred in the 1995 Emmy-nominated CBS broadcast of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” but he hasn’t worked regularly in TV since his starring role in CBS’ “Knots Landing.”

Mann said Baldwin chose Columbia as its new studio home because, unlike sitcom-focused Castle Rock, the Columbia is involved in all genres of TV. Mann also had a prior overall deal at Columbia in 1992, and “it’s nice to come back,” she said. El Dorado will now be based on the Columbia lot.

The deal was made by Eric Tannenbaum, president of CTT.

Separately, Lori Zuker has been upped to director of development at El Dorado, and Greg Pace was upped to director of production.

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