Actor George Clooney has signed separate two-year development deals with CBS and with Warner Bros. TV.
The CBS deal, which calls for Clooney to develop and produce TV series and longform projects, reunites the “ER” star with CBS TV president and CEO Leslie Moonves, who hired Clooney and cast him in the NBC medical drama when Moonves was president of Warner Bros. TV.
At CBS, Clooney will develop and executive produce one 13-episode TV series and two TV movies under his Maysville Pictures banner.
While Clooney has not committed to star in any of the projects, Moonves may be hoping to lure him back in front of the small screen after he leaves “ER” at the end of next season. Clooney has been busy developing his film career, with his next film, Universal’s “Out of Sight,” opening June 26.
“I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be in business with than George Clooney,” Moonves said. “I admire him as a person, appreciate his talents as an actor and enormously respect his creative instincts.”
The CBS pact is a first-look deal. After Clooney signed it, he went to Warner Bros. TV and inked an exclusive overall deal at the studio that produces “ER.”
Warner Bros. TV and Clooney will produce the projects for CBS, but will also have the option to produce for other networks if CBS passes and after his CBS commitments are fulfilled.
“George Clooney is a valued member of the Warner Bros. family,” said Warner Bros. TV president Tony Jonas. “Throughout his career here, which began well before ‘ER,’ he demonstrated an intimate knowledge of the production process. That experience and insight will make him an excellent producer.”
In addition to starring in “ER,” Clooney has toplined several features, including “The Peacemaker,” “Batman & Robin,” “One Fine Day,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and the upcoming “Thin Red Line.”
Prior to “ER,” Clooney starred in another Warner Bros. TV series, “Sisters,” as well as “Body of Evidence,” “Roseanne,” “The Facts of Life” and a comedy series called, ironically, “E/R.”
Both deals were brokered by the William Morris Agency.