HBO puts Roc in roles, director chair


Charles S. Dutton has inked an exclusive overall deal with HBO.

Under the development pact, Dutton will act in and direct series, movies and miniseries projects for the pay cable network.

"HBO has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with 'Roc' Dutton, and we are looking forward to teaming up with him on other exciting ventures," said Michael Lombardo, president of the programming group and West Coast operations.

Dutton made his directorial debut at HBO with the 1997 original movie "First Time Felon." He went on to direct the acclaimed HBO miniseries "The Corner," for which he received an Emmy for best director.

Dutton also starred in and executive produced the Fox comedy series "Roc," produced by HBO Independent Prods., and made guest appearances on HBO's drama series "The Sopranos" and "Oz."

He most recently directed episodes of Showtime's "Sleeper Cell," for which he was nominated for a DGA Award, and the upcoming Lifetime movie "Racing for Time," in which he also stars.