12 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Feature director Mike Newell has inked a three-for-one deal with ABC and Touchstone Television. Under the pact, Newell will develop three drama scripts through Touchstone TV, one of which is guaranteed to be picked up to pilot by ABC. Newell is set to executive produce and direct the pilot. The deal with Newell marks ABC's second three-for-one agreement with a big-name feature director this development season, following the July deal with Bryan Singer. The pact with Singer is not affiliated with a studio (HR 7/31).

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