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Gandolfini Signs Exclusive HBO Deal

Aug 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

James Gandolfini, star of HBO’s biggest hit, “The Sopranos,” has been signed by the network to a three-year exclusive producing deal.

Mr. Gandolfini and his producing partner, Alex Ryan, a former Paramount executive, are setting up a production company, Attaboy Films.

Under the deal, Mr. Gandolfini will develop and produce original TV shows for HBO. The deal also gives HBO’s specialty-film distribution arm, Picturehouse, a first look at movie projects.

“‘The Sopranos’ is a landmark in TV, and the gifted James Gandolfini is one of the reasons for the show’s remarkable success,” said Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO of HBO, in statement released Monday. “I’m delighted that he will continue to work with the network after the end of the series.”

The last batch of episodes of the award-winning mobster drama are currently in production.

Mr. Gandolfini and Ms. Ryan have spent the past year developing “Hemingway,” a biographical film with Mr. Gandolfini in the title role. They also are developing a documentary with HBO with the working title “Occupation Iraq,” focusing on soldiers in Iraq.