10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
George Clooney Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV
George Clooney and Grant Heslov are moving their TV deal.
The Catch-22 producers are expanding their relationship with Paramount Television, having inked a two-year, first-look deal with the studio behind the Hulu limited series. The pact arrives as Clooney and Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures' previous overall deal with Sonar Entertainment expired.
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Smokehouse. Our experience with them on Catch-22 has been an absolute joy,” Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens said Monday in a statement. “They are first-class filmmakers and producers with a nose for unique stories with deep thematic resonance. We look forward to this new partnership together.”
For Clemens, the Smokehouse deal is her first since she took over as president of Paramount TV, replacing Amy Powell. She previously teamed with Clooney and Heslov on Catch-22 during her time as a manager with Anonymous Content, which also produces the upcoming mini. The six-part drama based on Joseph Heller's novel is currently in postproduction. Paramount TV had the rights to Catch-22 and courted Clooney for the project, given that the actor-producer is said to be a fan of Heller's book. He was previously attached to star but reduced his role to focus more on directing some of the episodes. A premiere date has not been determined.
"We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Paramount TV. Nicole and her team are great partners and our experience on Catch-22 has been nothing but terrific,” Clooney and Heslov said in a joint statement.
Smokehouse joins a roster of talent at Paramount TV including 13 Reasons Why showrunner Brian Yorkey and executive producer Tom McCarthy; Joe and Anthony Russo; Tracy Oliver; and Paul Feig.
Before signing with Sonar, for whom Smokehouse developed a drama with the creators of Making a Murderer, Clooney and Heslov were based at Sony Pictures TV.
Clooney is repped by CAA and Lichter Grossman; Heslov is with CAA and Gold Coast Management.