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‘Hope’ for Levisetti

Exec producer in Touchstone deal

“Hope & Faith” exec producer Emile Levisetti has signed a new two-year overall deal with Touchstone Television, where he’s been based since 2004.

Levisetti will continue to exec produce “Hope & Faith” (if it returns next season) under the new pact, which takes effect in June. He’ll also serve as an exec producer on “In Case of Emergency” should ABC pick that sitcom pilot up to series.

Deal keeps Levisetti exclusive to Touchstone for all TV activities, including development.

Touchstone exec VP Julia Franz said the studio was impressed by his ability to juggle both development and show services.

“Emile has that rare ability to focus on developing material while simultaneously producing a series,” Franz said. “His taste runs the creative spectrum from traditional to cutting edge. He’s a forward-thinking producer.”

Levisetti set up his shingle at Touchstone two years ago, after spending four years at Industry Entertainment — where he helped develop “Hope & Faith,” which Touchstone produces with Industry.

“In Case of Emergency” repped one of the larger comedy pilot deals this development season, having scored a six-episode commitment from ABC. Levisetti exec produces with scribe Howard Morris and helmer Jon Favreau.

Show revolves around a group of friends who come together after a crisis and realize their lives didn’t turn out as planned; David Arquette, Greg Germann, Kelly Hu and Jonathan Silverman star.

Levisetti was also an exec producer on the Style net’s lifestyle skein “Try My Life” earlier this year.

Levisetti, who called Touchstone “a fantastic home,” helped launch Industry’s TV division in July 2000; before that, he was VP of comedy development and current series at 20th Century Fox TV.

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