Producer Mike Karz is bringing his shingle to Warner Bros. under a two-year, first-look deal.
Karz already has several projects in the works at the studio and has just sold his first pitch under the pact. The project, called “Blended,” is a comedy about families coping with remarriages. Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera are writing the script.
The producer, who’s putting the finishing touches on the upcoming “Good Luck Chuck,” said the project grew out his fascination with the statistic that more than 50% of all marriages fail.
The Warner pact comes in the wake of a short-lived partnership with Jordan Levin on Generate, a multi-media management and production company. “It wasn’t the best fit for me because it was taking me away from the movie business,” Karz said.
He said Warner was especially appealing as a new studio home for his shingle because of his long-standing ties with Jeff Robinov, dating back to the production prexy’s agent days.
“It’s a relationship issue,” Karz said. “I have tremendous respect for Jeff and his talented team.”
Under the pact, Karz Entertainment will be based on the lot in Burbank and produce features and direct-to-DVD projects for the studio.
Shingle has two pre-existing projects set up at the studio: “Say Uncle,” a family comedy about a bachelor sportscaster who must take care of his three nephews and nieces over the weekend; and “Dreamgirl,” about a small-town guy who becomes the obsession of the biggest movie star of the world.
Scott Bindley and Eric Champnella penned “Say Uncle,” while Fax Bahr and Adam Small wrote “Dreamgirl” from a script by Greg Glienna and Pete Schwaba.
Karz previously produced “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” a spinoff of “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” skein, for the studio.
Besides “Good Luck Chuck,” a project Lionsgate acquired in turnaround from New Line, Karz has “Honeymoon With Harry,” a Paul Haggis comedy being readied for next summer by New Line, and “Summer Romance,” a teen romance he is producing with Generate at Fox Atomic.
He previously had pacts at New Line and Disney and got his start at Orion and TriStar. Other producing credits include “Max Keeble’s Big Move” for Disney and “First Daughter” for New Regency. As a studio exec, he worked on pics including “Rudy” and “Threesome.”