TNT Taps Spielberg for Western Series


Acclaimed television/film producer Steven Spielberg will saddle up with
Turner Network Television to produce a Western-based, limited-run series.

The as-yet-untitled, 12-hour series about the settling of the American West,
set to debut in summer 2005, will be the first collaboration between Spielberg,
DreamWorks Television and the general entertainment network.

DreamWorks co-heads Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve as co-executive

"A production as ambitious as this requires partners of the highest caliber,"
TNT executive vice president and general manager Steve Koonin said in a prepared
statement. "To that end, the creative genius of Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks
gives us the opportunity to make this an event of grand stature and a project
emblematic of the TNT Drama brand."

Spielberg last winter teamed up with Sci Fi Channel to produce 10-hour
series Taken. The series two weeks ago garnered five 2003 Emmy Award

Spielberg is collaborating with Sci Fi on a second science-fiction-oriented
project scheduled to premiere in late 2004 or early 2005.

Spielberg and DreamWorks also worked with pay TV service Home Box Office to
develop award-winning limited series Band of Brothers. He is rumored to
be working with HBO on an undisclosed project, although HBO officials deny
working on any shows with the producer.