Greg Berlanti signs with Disney

BY Matthew Van Atta

March 02 2006 12:00 AM ET

Everwood creator Greg Berlanti has signed a
three-year production deal with Disney's Touchstone
Television under a mid-seven-figure pact that marks a
major transition for the TV veteran. The openly gay
Berlanti spent the past three years at Warner Bros.
Television, the studio behind the WB Network's
Everwood. He got his start on the WB's Dawson's
Creek
and went on to create Everwood and
executive-produce the WB's short-lived Jack &
Bobby
. Berlanti also wrote and directed the
feature film The Broken Hearts Club.

The deal with
Touchstone TV was in the works for months, with the
preliminary agreement between the two sides preceding the
surprise late-January announcement of the upcoming
shutdown of WB and UPN and the launch of the CW. On
the day of the new network's announcement, Everwood
was not listed among the WB and UPN series expected to
make the switch to CW, but Berlanti hoped the
acclaimed family drama would continue beyond its current
fourth season. (Nellie Andreeva, Reuters)

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