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NBC makes ‘House’ call

Deal allows Sackheim to develop, direct new projects

NBC Universal Television Studio has inked a seven-figure deal to keep “House” helmer-producer Daniel Sackheim under the studio’s roof through June 2007.

Pact cements Sackheim’s role as co-exec producer and house director on the NBC U-produced Fox medical hit. He’ll be bumped up to exec producer next season.

Deal also allows Sackheim to develop and direct new projects, though he’s expected to remain focused on “House.”

Sackheim — a veteran of shows such as “The X-Files,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue” — worked on a good chunk of the first season of “House” but left the series last year to direct and exec produce ABC’s “Night Stalker.” After “Stalker” was pulled, NBC U approached Sackheim about returning to “House” and signing an overall deal.

NBC U Television Studio prexy Angela Bromstead said Sackheim has played a key role in shaping the visual style and direction of the show, working with showrunner David Shore and exec producers Katie Jacobs and Paul Attanasio.

“He brings everything together in editing,” Bromstead said.

While Sackheim was not part of the original production team on the “House” pilot, Bromstead said he quickly fit in.

“Sometimes in these situations, you can force a marriage and it ends in an ugly divorce,” she said. “Other times, as in this case, you end up introducing people who are of a like mind.”

Endeavor-repped Sackheim is no stranger to NBC U, having had previous deals with the company. Before “House,” he was a producer-helmer on the studio’s “Las Vegas” and “Hawaii.”

Other TV credits on Sackheim’s resume include Rob Lowe starrer “The Lyon’s Den,” “Kingpin” and “Judging Amy.”

On the feature front, Sackheim directed thriller “The Glass House.”