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CFP Productions Inks Deal with Paramount

Producer Christine Peters' CFP Prods. has reupped at Paramount Pictures with a multiyear, first-look deal.

Peters, who established the shingle in 2003, is best known for producing the hit romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, which grossed more than $177 million worldwide for the studio and was a best-selling DVD. The film was based on a book Peters originally optioned.

CFP Prods. also is beefing up its executive ranks, which already includes president Bradford W. Smith and executive vp Randy Tat, by hiring Petersen Harris for the newly appointed post of creative executive. Harris most recently was executive assistant to the director of creative affairs at Paramount Pictures, where he worked on such films as "Bad News Bears," "Yours, Mine & Ours" and the upcoming "Failure to Launch." Before Paramount, Harris worked at New Line Cinema and as a staff writer for the Disney Channel animated series "Stanley."

CFP's most recent acquisition for Paramount was Sharon Krum's chick-lit novel "The Thing About Jane Spring," which was published in July by Viking (HR 10/25). In addition to focusing on romantic comedies aimed at the younger-than-25 set, the Paramount-based shingle also struck a deal with Midway Video Games to develop feature films based on games produced by the company including "Area 51," which was penned by Dean Georgaris and is slated to begin production early next year, and "Fear & Respect." Both properties are set up at Paramount.

CFP Prods. also is developing the following projects for the studio: "How to Tell He's Not the One in 10 Days," a sequel to "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"; "Fashionistas," based on a Lynn Messina novel; and "Diamond Life: Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief."

Tatiana Siegel writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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