Petrie inks deal with Par

Studio pays close to $1 mil for writer's talents

Paramount Network TV has signed an exclusive two-year overall deal with writer Daniel Petrie Jr., president of the Writer’s Guild of America West.

Petrie’s deal, worth close to $1 million, calls for him to develop drama series, telefilms and miniseries for the studio. The deal was announced by Paramount Network TV president Garry Hart.

Petrie received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay in 1984 for Paramount Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Cop,” and he also wrote the feature pic “The Big Easy,” starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.

Petrie’s other feature credits include producing and co-writing “Shoot to Kill,” executive producing and co-writing “Turner and Hooch” and co-writing and directing “Toy Soldiers.” He also directed the HBO movie “Dead Silence.”

Petrie is the eldest son of Daniel Petrie Sr. (“A Raisin in the Sun”) and Emmy Award-winning producer Dorothea Petrie (“Caroline?” “Love Is Never Silent”). He started his career in the mailroom at ICM.

Petrie’s deal was brokered by his agents at Hohman Maybank Lieb.

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