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Kessler snags Miramax deal

'Blue's' creator has chemistry with 'Keith'

Todd Kessler, co-creator and exec producer of the popular Emmy-nommed half-pint program “Blue’s Clues,” has made his first feature deal.

At Miramax, Kessler has set up “Keith,” a feature adaptation of a short story by Ron Carlson, which will be turned into a feature for the teen set by his No Hands Prods.

Pic concerns two high schoolers, boy and girl, who in chemistry class find they have chemistry together, even if they don’t actually go on a date.

Kessler, whose other kiddie program credits include “Sesame Street” and “Eureeka’s Castle,” will look for a writer for the feature. He will continue steering “Blue’s Clues,” but will also look to set up another Carlson-penned teen-driven short story as a feature, “Evil Eye Allen.” It’s about two high schoolers with a very unusual magic show.

Kessler’s repped by Tracy Kramer at Toltek Artists. Miramax’s Steve Hutensky negotiated the deal; Michelle Sy and Jill Messick will steer the project.

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