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Spurlock inks deal to create new projects

Morgan Spurlock is setting up shop at Sony Pictures Television.

Helmer, who snagged an Oscar nom for “Super Size Me,” has quietly inked a one-year overall deal with the studio to create projects for TV under his Gotham-based Warrior Poets banner. In addition to unscripted skeins like his FX series “30 Days,” Spurlock said he’s also hoping to expand into scripted series.

“Scripted series allow you to have a little more freedom of imagination,” Spurlock told Daily Variety, citing Norman Lear laffers such as “All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son” as inspirations.

“They really dealt with hot-button issues, and I’d like to bring back some shows that have that sensibility,” he said.

Spurlock said Sony is “the ideal place to grow our business,” adding that on the unscripted front, he’d pursue concepts that “will deal with issues but are still entertaining, not preachy.”

“Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, everything roots back to character,” he said.

First project under the deal will be “Public Nuisance,” a Comedy Central pilot presentation greenlit over the summer.

FX has also renewed “30 Days” for a second batch of episodes (Daily Variety, Aug. 17). SPT is not involved in the production of that skein.

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