4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
George Clooney Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV
George Clooney is joining the ranks of big-screen stars heading to the small screen.
The Oscar winner's Smokehouse Pictures -- which he runs with partner Grant Heslov -- has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce comedy and drama series for all platforms, including broadcast, cable and digital, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The deal expands Clooney's relationship with Sony, where Smokehouse has produced features including The Monuments Men, August: Osage County, Argo and more. The company previously had a first-look TV deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television. Under the latter, Clooney and the company produced TNT's Jason Lee cop drama Memphis Beat, which ran for one season on the cable network.
Heslov, meanwhie, has a long roster of TV credits as an actor. As an exec producer, his credits include Memphis Beat, Unscripted and K Street.
At SPT, Clooney joins a roster of producers including Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan, Shawn Ryan (The Shield), David Shore (House), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Televisa, among others.
Clooney becomes the latest big-screen star to ink TV deals. He joins Steve Carell and Jessica Biel (both of whom are based at Universal Cable Productions), among others.
Clooney is repped by CAA and Lichter Grossman.