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White inks TV deal at Col Tristar

Keaton to exec produce, direct pilots

Scribe-producer-thesp Michael White has inked an overall series development deal with Brad Grey Television and Columbia TriStar Television.

White, who wrote and co-stars in the indie pic “Chuck and Buck,” will create and exec produce at least two pilots as part of the pact, which is being jointly financed by BGTV and CTTV. Diane Keaton is attached to exec produce and possibly direct at least one of the pilots.

‘Freaks’ & ‘Creek’

In addition to “Chuck and Buck,” White served as a writer and supervising producer on NBC’s kudos-friendly but short-lived high school hour “Freak & Geeks” last season. He also worked as a writer-producer on the first two seasons of CTTV’s teen sudser “Dawson’s Creek.”

“Mike is an original, and those are few and far between,” said Kevin Reilly, prexy of BGTV. “He has a clear vision for what he wants to accomplish.”

CTTV executive vice president of development Sarah Timbermann said she’s long wanted to be in business with White.

“Over the years that we’ve all pursued Mike, we’ve admired his ability to straddle the fence between a brilliant writing life in features and the same in television,” she said.

White’s first two projects under the deal will be an hourlong offbeat family hour that mixes comedy and drama, a la “Freaks & Geeks.” Keaton has signed on to produce the project and may direct the pilot.

Also in the works from White is a half-hour single-camera comedy.

BGTV and CTTV are shopping the projects to network development execs.

Indie impression

“Chuck and Buck” has captured media buzz for its offbeat plot about a pair of childhood friends whose lives take very different paths. Chuck (Chris Weitz) has become a successful music producer, while Buck (White) never really grew up. Reunited by a funeral, Buck quickly finds himself obsessed with Chuck.

White’s other feature scribe credits include “Dead Man on Campus” and “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?”

Both White and Keaton are repped by the William Morris Agency.

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