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Neal Moritz Inks Deal with Sony TV, Hires Pavun Shetty as Head of Original Film’s TV Division

Film and television producer Neal Moritz has inked an overall deal with Sony Television, Variety has learned. His production company Original Film is also currently under a long-term Sony deal on the feature side.

Along with the new deal, which covers drama and comedy for both network and cable, Moritz has brought on Pavun Shetty from Chernin Entertainment to head Original’s television division. In his new role, Shetty will handle all television development and production for Original Film.

During his five years at Chernin, Shetty was most recently the head of comedy where he produced Fox’s “New Girl.” Prior, he was at Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video where he worked on “Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock” and developed new series. Shetty began his television executive career in drama development at NBC.

For Original, the overall deal comes after the company exec produced the “Preacher” pilot through Sony TV for AMC. Based on the comic books, the series from Seth Rogen landed a 10-episode order and is set to bow next year on the cabler.

The production company was also behind “Prison Break” and “The Big C,” among other series. On the film side, Moritz and Original are behind “The Fast and the Furious” and “Jump Street” franchises. Moritz is also producing the upcoming Morten Tyldum-directed flick “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

Prior to this Sony deal, Original was under an overall deal at CBS Television Studios.

Moritz is repped by UTA for television and attorney Howard Abramson.

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