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Sony inks pact with Mosaic's Gold/Miller

Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller’s management/production shingle Gold/Miller has entered into a two-year first look production deal with Columbia Pictures, effective today.

Shingle will remain under the Mosaic Media Group umbrella — which includes film and music company Atlas Entertainment and its affiliate Atlas/Third Rail Management — and will continue to work out of Mosaic’s Beverly Hills offices.

Gold/Miller’s new relationship with Sony marks an effort by the company to focus more exclusively on comedy projects, though the deal is not limited to that genre.

It also reinforces the company’s commitment to producing, coming off its success on last Christmas’ sleeper hit “Elf,” which grossed $173 million domestically.

Management-wise, Gold/Miller represents Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Jay Roach and Tea Leoni.

Atlas Entertainment is looking to land an alternate first-look deal at another studio in order to focus mainly on non-comedy projects.

Overall effect will be to broaden Mosaic’s production alliances, more so than when the company solely had a deal with MGM. That deal expired last year.

Pact with Sony marks more aggressive dealmaking by the Culver City studio, which recently signed a co-financing deal with Warren Zide’s Matinee Pictures and a first-look deal with Michael De Luca.

“Eric and Jimmy have always had a knack for finding and nurturing talent,” said Col co-prexy of production Matt Tolmach. “They are a company at the forefront of the comedy business.” Mosaic was formed in 1999 by Allen Shapiro. Partners include Shapiro, Gold, Miller, Atlas co-founder Charles Roven and Atlas/Third Rail music managers Pat Magnarell and Scott Welch.

Roven is producing “Batman Begins” at Warners and “The Brothers Grimm” for Dimension.

Mosaic’s productions include both “Scooby Doo” films for Warners and the two “Scary Movie” pics for Dimension. Upcoming projects include Will Ferrell pics “Kicking and Screaming” at Universal and “Get Smart” at Warner Bros.

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