Ben Stiller’s Red Hour signs deal with ABC to produce comedy and drama projects

By Daniel S Levine,
.Ben Stiller attends the world premiere of 'Tower Heist' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on October 24, 2011 in New York City.....

Ben Stiller is making his return to the television world. The Tower Heist actor’s Red Hour Films is launching a new television arm and has signed a deal to produce comedy and drama projects exclusively with ABC Studios through May 31, 2013. The deal includes an option to sign on for another year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stiller hired Deborah Liebling, the former president of production at Universal Pictures. Her recent credits include overseeing the productions of Bridesmaids and Tower Heist.

In a statement, Stiller said that if Liebling helps the company produce a series that runs over 12 episodes, “I will consider the deal a major success,” Deadline reported.

Both Liebling and Stiller are no strangers to television, Variety notes. Liebling worked at Comedy Central as vice president of original programming and development, overseeing hits like South Park and The Man Show.

Stiller’s television career hasn’t been quite as successful, but The Ben Stiller Show, which aired in the early ‘90s, helped cement his career. He also appeared on Saturday Night Live for a season.

Red Hour has been involved with television in the past, but has only worked co-produced comedy pilots. Most recently, Red Hour co-produced Documental with Justin Theroux for HBO.



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