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WBTV, Talent in prod’n pact

Biggs, Schwimmer, Lawless among TEG clients available

Warner Bros. Television has signed a three-year pact with Talent Entertainment Group to create and produce programming that utilizes the management/production company’s roster of high-profile names.

Under the first-look deal, Warner Bros. will get the initial crack at Talent Entertainment Group clients, which include Jason Biggs, Jenna Elfman, Jenny McCarthy, Julianne Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless, Cicely Tyson, Kyra Sedgwick, David Schwimmer, Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Silverman, Mariah Carey, R.J. Cutler and Bart Freundlich.

“We are extremely fortunate to be welcomed into the Warner Bros. family,” said partner Erwin More. “We are looking forward to creating opportunities for and around our clients with Peter Roth, his team and the amazing roster of talent that exists at Warner Bros. Television.”

Deal is also important for Warner Bros. TV, which has aggressively signed a number of producer/showrunners since Roth joined as president.

More and partner Brian Medavoy first met with Warner Bros. executive VP for television Bruce Rosenblum about six months ago. Warner Bros. passed on making a deal at the time but reopened negotiations last month.

More declined to discuss specifics of the deal, only to say that there was “a high level of financial commitment from Warner Bros. to us.”

The two sides already have a relationship through Schwimmer, who co-stars on Warner Bros.’ “Friends.”

“This deal will greatly benefit our clients, who are interested in aligning themselves with a strong and multifaceted company,” Medavoy said.

More said the two sides already have three or four co-projects in the works, including one in longform, but that it was “premature” for him to elaborate.

TEG previously had a three-year deal at 20th Century Fox Television, where it produced series such as the recent reality skein “American High.” TEG produces “Dharma and Greg,” starring Elfman, for 20th, and its other TV credits include “Just Shoot Me” and last season’s “Talk to Me.”

TEG precursor More-Medavoy struck the deal with 20th in 1997. TEG inherited the pact when More and Medavoy merged their company with colleagues Susan Bymel and Evelyn O’Neill.

“We find that having an official relationship with a company is beneficial,” More said. “Having somebody that’s in your life on a day-to-day basis, there’s no question that good comes of it. People are responsible to you, and you’re responsible to them.”

Prior to 20th, More-Medavoy had a first-look deal at NBC, where it produced “Sweet Justice” and “The Single Guy.”

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