HBO Signs Development Deal With `Roc’ Dutton

HBO Tuesday said it entered into an exclusive development deal with actor/writer/producer Charles S. Dutton to create several projects for the pay cable service.

The agreement covers the development of series, movies and miniseries featuring Dutton, widely known for his hit series Roc, which aired on the Fox broadcasting network in the 1990s. Dutton’s HBO credits include acting roles on the hit series Oz and The Sopranos, as well as directing the HBO original movie First Time Felon, and network miniseries The Corner, for which he received a Best Director Emmy.

“HBO has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with ‘Roc’ Dutton, and we are looking forward to teaming up with him on other exciting ventures,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations for the network.

Added Dutton: “I’m excited to renew my long-standing relationship with HBO. I look forward to developing other projects that will have the same stamp of excellence as our previous collaborations.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.