Williams has eye on film production


NEW YORK -- Talk show host Montel Williams will try his hand at movies by executive producing a series of feature films in partnership with production companies beginning in the spring.

The early focus for the Letnom Management & Prods. arm that will handle the features is a cross of true-life stories and comedy.

The company said it will partner with film production companies as co-producers. Several films are in the late stages of development.

"There have been so many remarkable scripts and ideas coming to myself, the talk show and our production company, and we felt it was an appropriate time to take action on them," Williams said. "Our team at Letnom has picked a meaningful and exciting slate of films and is collaborating with very established and well-respected producers, writers and directors."

Among the first projects is "4Chosen," which deals with racial profiling, co-produced by Starline Films and Insomnia Media Group. Production is slated to begin in early 2008, according to Letnom. The two partners have already completed "4Chosen: The Documentary," narrated by Williams.

"Framed," based on the Tod Volpe novel "Tales of the Art Underworld," deals with art crime and will feature Volpe and Harris Tulchin as co-producers, with production slated to begin in fall 2008.

Romantic comedies include "That's Amore," about a gay Italian man who inadvertently finds himself engaged to a Jewish girl next door, and "All-American Girl," about a young woman trying to make it in baseball. Both come from Letnom writer and senior vp development Jennifer Roe.

Besides Williams and Roe, Letnom's film team consists of president Melanie McLaughlin, vp development Eric Hanson and director of development Dan Cotoia.