'Revenge' Creator Inks Overall Deal With HBO (Exclusive)

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“The most wrenching scene to write so far was Jack [Nick Wechsler] saying goodbye to his dog because mine had recently died,” says Mike Kelley (center, with script supervisor Heather Harris and exec producer Sunil Nayar).

HBO is getting into the Mike Kelley business.

The premium cable network has inked the Revenge creator and his producing partner Melissa Loy to an overall deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the two-year pact, Kelley and Loy will create and develop new projects for the cabler under the duo's newly launched (and currently unnamed) production company.

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The pact comes eight months after Kelley stepped down as showrunner on ABC's Sunday night soap starring Emily VanCamp following its uneven second season. Executive producer Sunil Nayar was tapped to take over the series, which will move to 10 p.m. starting March 9.

Kelley, who also created CBS' Swingtown, was previously based at ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network (the latter of which became CBS Television Studios). He's repped by CAA and attorney Harris Hartman.

Kelley joins George Mastras, Russell Simmons, Mike White, George R.R. Martin and more as having development deals with HBO.

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