WB TV gets a ‘Pearl’ of a producer

Bruckheimer arm to cover wide range of projects

HOLLYWOOD — “Pearl Harbor” producer Jerry Bruckheimer has captured an exclusive, two-year deal at Warner Bros. Television to develop and produce series television.

While best known for his film work, Bruckheimer is currently riding a wave of success on the small screen, starting with last year’s surprise CBS hit “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth said Bruckheimer’s TV arm will focus on a wide range of TV projects, not just actioners.

“This is a deal we’ve been pursuing for quite some time,” Roth said. “We’re looking forward to his work in the hour arena, in reality, and he’s interested in expanding his horizons in the half-hour field as well … I’m anxious to support his most entertaining and escapist visions.”

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Bruckheimer will move his TV base from Disney’s Touchstone Television, where he’d been working under a first-look deal for years. Disney had originally co-produced “CSI” with Bruckheimer but dropped out before the show’s premiere last fall. Bruckheimer eventually partnered with Alliance Atlantis on the show, which received a Golden Globe nomination last year.

CBS will air the Bruckheimer/Disney co-production “The Amazing Race” this fall. The reality series, which is also co-produced by CBS Prods., earned kudos from advertisers at the Eye’s upfront presentation earlier this month.

Bullish about tube

Bruckheimer said that he’s bullish about the medium. Moving along with Bruckheimer is Jonathan Littman, who’s headed up the producer’s TV business since 1997.

“We are committed to expanding our television development and feel Warner Bros. is the place to be,” he said.

Before “CSI” broke out of the box, Bruckheimer had only dabbled in TV. He produced the ABC series version of his film “Dangerous Minds,” which received strong notice but wasn’t renewed after its freshman 1996-97 season. He also launched the firstrun syndie action hour “Soldiers of Fortune Inc.” with Rysher Entertainment.

Bruckheimer’s credits include 17 Academy Award nominations and pics including “Armageddon,” “Con Air,” “Remember the Titans” and “Top Gun.”

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