25C gets new deal with SPT; Beverly upped


Sarah Timberman's 25C Prods. has inked a new two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Carl Beverly, who has been Timberman's creative partner at 25C since its launch in 2003, has now been made a full partner at the company.

Timberman said she and Beverly love working with SPT programming and production co-presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg and their team.

"They couldn't be more supportive, open and collaborative partners, and we value their judgment, passion and perspective immensely," she said. "As for Carl being a full partner in 25C with me -- while it's an important business distinction, it's truly negligible in terms of his role in the company; he's been as good as a full partner since 25C's inception. I'm thrilled that we're continuing on in this venture together."

Timberman and Beverly are busy working on "Hackett," the 25C Prods./SPT comedy pilot for Fox that is slated to film in the summer with Barry Sonnenfeld at the helm.

The project, written by Denise Moss, centers on a bad-boy luminary who escapes his disgraced career teaching at Yale only to find himself among the ultra-politically correct ranks of teachers at an Ohio public high school.

"Hackett" was one of two broadcast pilots 25C landed this past development season. The company also was behind the ABC/SPT drama pilot "Suspect," directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Michael Ealy, Carrie-Anne Moss and Charles Dutton.

Under its previous two-year deal with SPT, 25C also developed and produced the NBC drama series "Kidnapped."

Continuing at the company are executive director Chris Leanza and coordinator Aaron Klemanski.

The deal was brokered by CAA and the law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lazcano.