Kirkpatrick sews up pact at MTV, Nick


Writer-director Karey Kirkpatrick has inked a two-year, first-look production deal with Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films under his newly formed Blue Shirt Prods. label.

Kirkpatrick, whose helming credits include DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge" and Paramount Pictures' upcoming "The Spiderwick Chronicles," will focus on providing live-action family fare for Paramount Pictures labels Nickelodeon and MTV. The pact does not cover animation as Kirkpatrick remains exclusive to DWA in that genre.

First up for the Blue Shirt/Nickelodeon partnership is "Captain Abdul's Pirate School," based on a book by Colin McNaughton. The family action-comedy is being penned by Kirkpatrick along with writing partners Chris Poche and Clare Sera, with Kirkpatrick attached to direct.

"My last two films have been with Paramount/Nickelodeon, and I have a long history with DreamWorks, so this is really a perfect place for me to start this new chapter in my career," Kirkpatrick said. "I'm excited about branching out and continuing my slow but steady quest for total world domination."

Blue Shirt will concentrate on family and romantic comedies. But Kirkpatrick added, "I have a love for smaller films like 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Flirting With Disaster.' We'll be developing those kinds of films as well."

Kirkpatrick also said he is eager to team with Nickelodeon/MTV topper Scott Aversano. "Kerry has already been an invaluable partner on several Nickelodeon projects as both a writer and a producer. I am pleased to say that we'll be able to rely on his creative moxie for the forseeable future," Aversano said.

Added Kirkpatrick: "When Scott was a producer, we talked about working togethe. When he stepped in to run Nick and MTV, we were finally able to make that happen."

Kirkpatrick, whose writing credits include "Chicken Run," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Charlotte's Web" and "Spiderwick," also co-wrote and produced the indie "Flakes."

Blue Shirt, which will be located in Santa Monica, has tapped Jennifer Moyer as senior executive. Moyer most recently was an executive at the Sean Daniel Co.

Kirkpatrick is repped by WMA and the law firm Katz, Golden and Sullivan.