Perone, Kaplan company men, firm up prod’n deal

Tisch, Black & Blu to handle overhead

Former UTA assistants Sean Perrone and Aaron Kaplan have formed a management company while landing a first-look production deal with Steve Tisch and Sony-based Black & Blu Entertainment.

There is no set time limit for the pact, and the producers’ overhead will be handled by Tisch and Black & Blu.

“They were really impressive young guys whose entrepreneurial spirit moved us,” Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal, Black & Blu’s co-owners, told Daily Variety. “They seem limitless in what they want to do. We have the same kind of attitude that they have.”

Kaplan said: “We worked for two and half years for UTA, and we felt it was time to take what we had learned with them and work on the management game and be more creatively involved with our clients.”

“Now is a good time to do this,” added Perrone, who noted that such producer/manager companies as Michael Ovitz’s AMG, Zide/Perry and Bender-Spink have legitimized the breed.

“One of the reasons we are with Tisch and Black & Blu is that they give us a lot of freedom,” added Perrone.

Kaplan and Perrone said they are as excited about working with young new writers and helping to grow their careers as they are about producing.

The team has eight clients whose material ranges from scripts to books to videogames.

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