Overture Films inks Crescendo Prods. deal

Two-year, first-look agreement

Overture Films has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Don Cheadle's production company, Crescendo Prods.

Crescendo, which along with Cheadle is run by Lenore Zerman and Kay Liberman, has a Miles Davis biopic in development as well as "Marching Powder," a drug tale it is set to produce with Plan B.

It's also looking to develop projects in less dramatic genres like comedies and young-adult.

"We don't necessarily have a specific genre; what we want is character-driven material that's well-written and has a foundation in reality," Zerman said.

Overture and Crescendo collaborated on "Traitor," the Cheadle-toplined government thriller that grossed $24 million this year.

The move also continues a pattern of Overture execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett working with producers from their MGM/UA tenure; the pair oversaw the studio when it released Cheadle's "Hotel Rwanda" in 2004.

Overture has similar pacts with Philip Seymour Hoffman's Cooper's Town Prods. and Robert Teitel and George Tillman's State Street Pictures.

Zerman noted that McGurk and Rosett have the "same vision and respond to the same kind of material that we do."