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Haggis, ATG ink 2-year series pact

Remains exec prod on 'Family Law'

Emmy-winning “Family Law” scribe/producer Paul Haggis has inked a new, two-year exclusive development pact with Artists Television Group.

Deal, worth an estimated high seven figures, calls for Haggis and his Paul Haggis Prods. shingle to develop and produce series for all networks via ATG. CBS had already agreed to develop two skeins with Haggis; those projects will be produced in association with ATG, as will all future projects over the next two years.

“Paul is one of the most prolific writers, producers directors and creators in the business,” said ATG topper Eric Tannenbaum.

Haggis remains an exec producer on “Family Law,” the sophomore CBS drama he created for Columbia TriStar Television while Tannenbaum was head of the studio. When Tannenbaum and his exec team left for ATG, Haggis migrated from Col TriStar as well.

Nurturing environment

Mark Harris, Haggis’ co-exec producing partner, said the ATG deal will allow Paul Haggis Prods. to nurture new scribes and showrunners.

“Our aim is to keep these writers under Paul’s production company and ATG to build an infrastructure of future series creators and showrunners,” Harris said.

Haggis won critical acclaim in 1997 for creating and exec producing the CBS drama “EZ Streets,” which never attracted a sizable aud despite overwhelmingly glowing reviews.

Scribe’s extensive credits include two Emmy wins for his work on “thirtysomething” and stints writing for “L.A. Law,” “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “Mr. Merlin.”

Haggis created the longrunning CBS Saturday hit “Walker, Texas Ranger” and the cult Canadian Mountie drama “Due South.” He also served as exec producer and scribe for the Eye’s short-lived David Caruso comeback vehicle “Michael Hayes.”

Deal was brokered by agent Larry Becsey and attorney Peter Dekom.

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