Heaton Signs Deal With ABC, Touchstone

Feb 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Emmy-winning “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton, in association with her production company, Four Boys Films, has signed a deal with ABC and Touchstone Television that has both development and acting components. The deal was announced Tuesday by Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Primetime Entertainment, and Mark Pedowitz, president, Touchstone Television and executive VP of ABC Entertainment Television Group.

The development component calls for Ms. Heaton and Four Boys Films to develop TV movies and series on which she would receive executive producer credit. As a separate part of the deal, Ms. Heaton would receive co-executive producer credit on any project in which she performs.

Four Boys Films was founded in 2001 by Ms. Heaton and her husband, David Hunt. They recently completed production on the documentary feature film, “The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania,” which Mr. Hunt directed.

Four Boys is currently developing “Wilberforce” with Phillip Anschutz’ Walden Media. The film is the true-life story of William Wilberforce, an abolitionist in 18th-Century England.