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HBO Signs First-Look Deal With 'Ride Along' Director Deadline

HBO has signed a two-year, first-look deal with “Ride Along” director Tim Story, who will produce comedy, drama and longform projects for the network, reports Deadline.com.

The piece reports: “This marks a return to TV for Story, who directed the pilot for the Fox drama ‘Standoff’ and served as an executive producer on the series. In features, Story is on a hot streak with back-to-back breakout comedies starring Kevin Hart, ‘Think Like a Man’ and ‘Ride Along,’ both of which scored at the box office and earned sequels, also directed by Story.”

Story, who has directed four movies that led to franchises, such as 2002’s “Barbershop,” started out in music, as a member of a rap group. He started his film career by directing music videos for artists including ’N Sync and Tyrese, the piece notes.