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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah production banner has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods. to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks.

The company has four projects percolating at NBC, USA, Bravo and Amazon.

The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, at Thursday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

Laverne McKinnon has also joined Denver & Delilah as head of scripted television. McKinnon was formerly exec VP of original programming and development at Epix and senior VP of drama development at CBS.

The pact marks UCP’s growth in diversified programming development, under the direction of exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead.

“I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Olmstead. “I’m thrilled that Laverne has joined forces with them. Together they are rapidly growing an impressive slate of thought-provoking, stand-out shows. I look forward to a fun, smart, and classy ride with this group.”

Theron commented, “Jeff and Dawn are fantastic partners. They are creative, smart and aggressive. They’ve been so supportive of our ambition and slate of projects. We’re excited to be collaborating with them.”

Denver & Delilah’s development prospects include the following:

  • “Diblings,” a romantic comedy for NBC written by Andrea Abbate (“Accidentally on Purpose”), about a young, uptight business man and a rebellious, purple-haired tattoo artist who will never be together but can’t stand being apart.
  • “The One,” a drama for Bravo written by Roger Wolfson (“Saving Grace,” “The Closer”) that revolves around assistants and billionaires and CEOs.
  • “Pandora,” an action thriller series for Amazon written by Josh Pate (“Legends,” “Surface”), about former CIA agent Pandora whose curiosity unleashes worldwide “sleepers” who are the personification of all evils. Jonas Pate (“Aquarius,” “Prime Suspect”) is set to direct the pilot.
  • “Mythos,” a drama for USA written by Spenser Cohen and produced by Anna Halberg, is a high-stakes, serialized adventure about myths and a world protected by two opposing orders, each with differing agendas for humanity.

Other projects the banner is grooming include a stop-motion animation series with comicbook writer Greg Rucka based on the Web series “The Most Popular Girls in School”; “Get Well Soon,” written by Erika Cervantes and based on the book by Julie Halpern; and an adaptation of the novel “A Life in Men” by Gina Frangello.

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