Overture and State Street team up

Teitel, Tillman sign three-year first-look deal

Overture Films has signed Bob Teitel and George Tillman’s State Street Pictures to a three-year first-look deal.

The signing comes as Overture and State Street have been collaborating on family dramedy “Humboldt Park,” starring John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Pena, Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez and Debra Messing. Film’s opening Nov. 26.

State Street’s also produced “Soul Food,” “Men of Honor,” “Beauty Shop” and the “Barbershop” franchise. Rene Rigal will continue to run the shingle for Teitel and Tillman, while Poppy Hanks has been promoted to VP, and Ryan Jones has been upped to story editor.

“Teitel and Tillman bring an invaluable pedigree, strong relationships with talent, directors and writers and a keen eye for making quality films,” said Overture toppers Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett.

Overture, an arm of Liberty Media, began operations in late 2006 with the goal of releasing a slate of up to a dozen pics annually. Its first film, “Mad Money,” opened earlier this year, its Toronto acquisition “The Visitor” opened this month, and it will launch its Sundance acquisition “Henry Poole Is Here” in August.

Overture signed its first producing deal with Lawrence Bender late last year.

Tillman is currently directing “Notorious,” the life-and-death story of rapper Notorious B.I.G.; Teitel is one of the film’s producers.

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