Solo deals for Polone, Tarses


Pariah's Gavin Polone has parted ways with producing partner Jamie Tarses after 14 months together.

Polone has signed an overall deal with HBO, while Tarses has inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.

It was confirmed Monday that Polone and Tarses went separate ways at the end of last year, when Pariah's two-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment's feature and TV divisions expired.

Under his deal with HBO, Polone will develop and produce projects for the premium cable network through Pariah. He has a long-standing relationship with HBO, where he serves as an executive producer on Larry David's comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the upcoming marital-therapy drama series "Tell Me You Love Me."

"My experience on the shows I have there has been so great," Polone said of HBO.

In his move, Polone is bringing with him Kathy Landsberg, Pariah's vp physical production.

The deal for Tarses, who is launching her own company, is for 18 months with an option for an additional year. Under the pact, she will shepherd new series projects for the studio.

Polone brought in Tarses as a partner in September 2005. During their stint together, they landed the comedy series "My Boys" on TBS' schedule; the comedy recently was picked up by the cable network for nine additional episodes. Also, with them at the helm, Pariah scored two pilot orders last development season, for "The Angriest Man in Suburbia" at CBS and "More, Patience" at Fox.

The two will continue to work together on the projects they've put into development through Pariah, including "The Watch," a drama pilot for NBC that is in consideration for fall; David O. Russell's country club project for FX; and the feature "The Seed."

After making his mark as a talent agent and manager of such stars as Conan O'Brien and David, Polone formed Pariah in May 2001. The company previously had pod deals with SPT's predecessor, Columbia TriStar Television, and NBC Universal TV Studio.

Before joining forces with Polone, former ABC Entertainment president Tarses was partnered with former NBC Entertainment executive Karey Burke in the NBC-based production banner dubbed the Untitled Burke/Tarses Project.