After helping to jumpstart Bauer Martinez’s inhouse production efforts, Jonathan Weisgal has departed to run his own shingle and inked a first-look deal with Bauer.

Pact, which calls for Weisgal’s Jaw Entertainment to produce at least one movie per year, will help feed Bauer’s new distribution deal with MGM.

Bauer chair-CEO Philippe Martinez also has inked first-look deals with Hayden and Tove Christensen’s Forest Park Pictures (“Shattered Glass”).

While at Bauer, Weisgal oversaw and completed production on Richard Gere starrer “The Flock”; writer-director Amy Heckerling’s “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” starring Michele Pfeiffer; and “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” starring Tom Berenger.

“Philippe has always been great to me, and this deal allows me to continue working with him while doing my own projects that I know will get made and distributed,” Weisgal said.

Before joining Bauer, Weisgal partnered with Danny DeVito in founding Jersey Shore Films (“How High,” “Drowning Mona”). Prior to that, he served as exec VP of Fine Line Pictures, in charge of the Gotham and London offices. He also worked as an agent at Creative Artists Agency, helping to set up the agency’s indie unit.