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Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. has inked a two-year deal to create and star in CBS telefilms to be co-produced by Procter & Gamble and Gossett's Logo Entertainment production company.

P&G, which also has production alliances with Paramount and Columbia, will pay the cost of producing the films and will buy all the ad time in the two-hour telepic blocks.

Logo will be exclusive to CBS for the duration of the deal. Gossett plans to focus on creating and starring in family films. Two movies are already in development: "Exodusters" and "Georgia."

Based on a true story, "Exodusters," written by John Wilder, tells the story of a recently freed slave who leads his family and other freed slaves on a difficult journey out of the South to find a better life in the West. "Georgia," written by Nancy Silvers, tells the story of a white woman and a black man who must overcome their differences to raise their grandchildren.

Gossett has starred in several Logo productions, including the CBS telefilms "A Father of Charlie" and "To Dance With Olivia."

Gossett won a supporting actor Oscar for his performance in "An Officer and a Gentleman," and an Emmy for his work in the miniseries "Roots." He's been nominated for seven Emmys, and he won a Golden Globe for HBO's "The Josephine Baker Story."

TeleVest, which manages P&G's broadcast investments, will oversee production of the CBS films, and Logo Entertainment exec Dermis Considine will help develop and produce. The deal was shepherded by Sunta Izzicupo, senior VP of movies for TV and miniseries at CBS.

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Author:Hontz, Jenny
Date:Apr 19, 1999
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