Apostle, D’Works team up

Ink two-year, first-look film/TV pact

NEW YORK — Apostle, the Gotham-based production company run by Denis Leary and partner Jim Serpico, has signed a two-year, first-look feature film and television deal with DreamWorks.

The deal calls for Apostle and DreamWorks to develop a TV series starring Leary, who appears in DreamWorks’ upcoming feature “Small Soldiers.”

“Denis is a talented actor, comedian, writer and producer whose involvement adds cachet to any project,” enthused DreamWorks Television head Dan McDermott.

“We are thrilled with the studio’s enthusiasm toward Apostle, and look forward to developing quality television and feature film projects in collaboration with them,” Serpico said.

Segue to bigscreen

Leary first gained popularity as a standup comic but has moved to the bigscreen with roles in such films as “The Ref,” “Wag the Dog” and “Suicide Kings.”

His foray into directing with Showtime’s “Lust” won Leary a CableAce Award for best director of a comedy.

Apostle produces the annual Comedy Central special “Comics Come Home.” For HBO, Apostle has produced Leary’s one-man comedy specials, the “No Cure for Cancer” special and the recent followup, “Lock ‘n’ Load.”