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Goldberg grabs ‘Crackers’

D'works producer buys pitch, Details article about mascots

DreamWorks-based producer Gary David Goldberg has dipped into his discretionary fund to pay a low against mid-six figures for a romantic comedy pitch by Michael Angeli and “Northern Exposure” creator Josh Brand.

The untitled feature idea is based on Angeli’s article “Animal Crackers” about sports team mascots in the May issue of Details. The pitch focuses on a team mascot who pretends to be someone else to win over his dreamgirl.

Angeli, who has toiled both as a journalist and a screenwriter, is contributing editor of Esquire magazine and has written articles for Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Playboy. His recent TV-writing credits include the ABC telefilms “Zero Tolerance” and “Vanished” as well as the Josh Brand-produced pilot “Indra’s Net.”

Both Goldberg and Brand are best known for their smallscreen work.

Goldberg created such successful series as “Family Ties,” “Spin City” and “Brooklyn Bridge.” His feature credits include “Bye Bye Love” and “Dad.”

Brand created and exec-produced “Northern Exposure” and “I’ll Fly Away” and exec-produced “St. Elsewhere.”

The William Morris Agency’s Graham Kaye and Ann Blanchard and attorney Tom Hoberman negotiated on behalf of An-geli. Brand was repped by his agents at UTA and attorney Jason Sloan. Goldberg was also repped by UTA.