August 27, 2014 2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jason Bateman's Aggregate Banner Re-Ups Film, TV Deal With Universal
Jason Bateman and James Garavente's Aggregate Films is staying put at Universal.
The production company has inked a new first-look film and TV production with Universal Pictures and Universal TV, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The new two-year pact keeps the company in business with Universal, where Aggregate has been based for the past two years.
Additionally, Shaleen Desai has been tapped to spearhead Aggregate's television division, serving as exec vp Aggregate Films. Desai comes to the company from Fishbowl Worldwide Media, where he served as senior vp and oversaw the scripted department. During his tenure there, he set up projects at Fox, NBC, ABC, TBS, HBO, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, ABC Family, MTV and more.
Before coming to Fishbowl, Desai worked at BBC Worldwide and was a founding executive at Fox 21, 20th Century Fox's cable arm. He previously worked at David Letterman's Worldwide Pants and is a former producer for Late, Late Show, who started his career in the comedy development department at Fox.
On the TV side, Aggregate produced NBC's semi-autobiographical DJ Nash comedy Growing Up Fisher, which was canceled after one season. The company most recently teamed with David Janollari for dating comedy Two to Go, a pilot starring Christine Woods that did not move forward at NBC.
During its run at Universal, Aggregate produced films including Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy, as well as Bad Words, Bateman's directorial debut. He next will star and helm Aggregate's The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman, which is currently in production in New York.
Bateman is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.