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Prod'n outfit pacts with 'Mad TV' pair

Big Ticket Television has inked an exclusive two-year overall deal with “Mad TV” creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small worth low seven figures.

The pact, which kicks in in June 1998, is the 10th development deal struck in the past year and a half by Big Ticket TV, according to president Lawrence A. Lyttle. The upstart production company, which created the UPN sitcom “Moesha,” also has 15 scripts in development and six network series commitments, four of which are at CBS.

Bahr and Small, who first worked together as writers and segment directors on “In Living Color,” are executive producers on Fox’s Saturday-night sketch comedy series “Mad TV.” They also co-wrote and executive produced the Fox pilot “House of Buggin’ ” two years ago, and they co-wrote Hollywood Pictures’ “Son In Law.”

Right now, the writing pair is in pre-production on their original screenplay “Bachelor #2” for Working Title Films. At Big Ticket, the duo will develop, write and produce primetime comedy series, although their talents also may be tapped for new variety series, a genre which is taking off again in terms of primetime development.

Both Bahr and Small started their careers making documentaries. Bahr is best known in that world for “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.” Small co-directed the documentary “Another State of Mind,” which explored the 1980s punk rock scene.

Small also worked for several seasons as a segment producer on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” and he was an actor with guest stints on such series as “The Golden Girls.” Bahr and Small were repped by Gavin Polone, a partner in the Hofflund-Polone management company.

Aside from Bahr and Small, Big Ticket has recently inked deals with Brad Hall, Warren Bell, Billy Grundfest, Margaret Oberman, Amy Sherman, Sara Finney and Vida Spears, Frank Mula, Peter Wortmann and Robert Conte.

Of the 15 scripts in development, 14 are at Big Four networks and one is at UPN. The midseason series “Veronica’s Video,” which was in development at UPN, is no longer being considered by the netlet.

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