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Veteran music exec Tommy Mottola has inked a multiyear TV production deal with Entertainment One.
The former Sony Music CEO’s current shingle, Mottola Media Group, signed a first-look deal for scripted and unscripted TV series with the indie studio. The first project from the deal is Harlem High for Freeform.
Created by Mottola, the scripted series follows students involved in a Harlem high school’s show choir. The project is written by Sam Laybourne, with Overbrook Entertainment producing alongside Mottola.
The first-look deal, unveiled by eOne’s Pete Micelli, chief strategy officer in film and TV, calls for Mottola to serve as an executive producer on all TV projects and to leverage his industry relationships to develop and produce original programming with eOne.
Toronto-based eOne will serve as the studio and handle worldwide rights for all projects. Mottola will also become a consultant for eOne’s music and live entertainment business.
“Tommy is a zeitgeist force in the global music industry as well as latino and urban entertainment and far beyond. His ability to identify pop-culture trends and long track record of breaking records and staying ahead of the curve make him a strong magnet for talent and an incredible partner for eOne,” said Micelli in a statement.
As a manager, Mottola guided ex-wife Mariah Carey, Hall & Oates, Celine Dion, Carly Simon and John Mellencamp to success. And Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Dixie Chicks were also among Sony’s marquee artists whose careers took off during Mottola’s tenure at the company, where he began as president of CBS Records in 1988.
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