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Bigel spins off for his own film, TV shingle

Beck tapped to oversee development

NEW YORK — Producer Daniel Bigel (“Empire,” “Black and White”) has ankled the Bigel/Mailer shingle, co-founded with Michael Mailer in 1995, to launch L.A.-based Bigel Entertainment.

Former Red Wagon and CAA staffer Stacey Beck has been tapped to oversee development for Bigel. Brian Salzman, formerly of Revolution Studios, will serve as story editor.

Bigel banner is being boosted by a private equity fund with the expectation of producing three films annually, budgeted between $10 million and $25 million.

Shingle also will aim to develop one-hour dramas and half-hour sitcoms.

“After producing 10 films in New York, I decided to make the move to L.A., where my focus will be on more commercial projects that speak to a diverse audience,” Bigel said of the move. “Michael Mailer and I had a great run and are proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

Bigel added that he is hammering out a pact with an overseas financier, and will seek output deals in key international territories. Through the arrangement, Bigel will finance its product fully or in part.

Lined up for the new banner already is a bigscreen adaptation of Elizabeth Berg’s bestselling novel “Never Change,” with Sharon Stone set to helm this summer. Scribe Roger Wilson (“Missing in America”) is penning the screenplay. Plot follows a middle-age woman who reunites with a high school heartthrob who is dying of cancer.

Also on Bigel’s feature slate is the musical “Pork Pie,” penned by “She Hate Me’s” Michael Genet, and “Seamus,” a coming-of-age story by Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon, the directing triumvirate of CBS’ “9/11” docu.

On the TV side, Bigel is working with celeb chef Tyler Florence to create a series of cooking shows.

Bigel/Mailer has just wrapped “Devour,” helmed by David Winkler.

The final film produced under the banner, “Loverboy,” helmed by Kevin Bacon, is vying for a Sundance berth.

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