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Mandabach Out on Her Own

Aug 23, 2004  •  Post A Comment

After two decades with the company and three years as a partner, Caryn Mandabach has left television producer Carsey-Werner-Mandabach to form her own independent TV production company.

“I’m formulating a company that I hope will have staying power,” she told TelevisionWeek.

Ms. Mandabach, who will focus solely on making comedies, also said she has not decided whether she will form an independent studio modeled after CWM or make a deal with a network or a larger studio. She said her relationships with Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner remain strong, and that she remains a profit participant in the company’s existing shows.

“There are no creative differences,” Ms. Mandabach said. “We are mad for each other. We’re neighbors and friends. It’s all about me and what I feel I need to do now.”

While at Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, Ms. Mandabach helped develop and produce “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Grace Under Fire.”

All of the projects Ms. Mandabach was developing while at CWM will stay with newly renamed The Carsey-Werner Co., including the recently acquired British comedy “Peep Show, “which follows the lives of two roommates from their internal points of view.

“`Peep Show’ was for Carsey-Werner-Mandabach to develop as part of their development slate this year,” she said. “And they will do very well with it. But I have nothing more to do with it.”

Her departure comes just after CWM’s latest round of exploring the option of selling the company. Earlier in the month the company announced it would remain independent after considering what principal Tom Werner described as “some very interesting and thoughtful proposals” presented by UBS Investment Bank, the firm CWM engaged to explore a possible sale. Ms. Mandabach said the company’s decision to remain independent did not cause her to strike out on her own.

“It had no bearing whatsoever,” she said.