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October 07, 2005 11:41 ET

Werner-Gold-Miller to Create Sitcom for Comedy Star Russell Peters

PETERS INKS DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH WARNER BROS. TV-BASED TALENT MANAGERS Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 7, 2005) - Photo Editor: Photo available upon request.

Rising Canadian comedian Russell Peters has signed his first talent development deal in the U.S., inking a contract with famed producer Tom Werner (Carsey-Werner) and his new associates Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold who are set up at Warner Bros. Television to develop comedy properties. The Peters contract was also the first development deal for the new trio.

Werner is of course famous for his creation of "The Cosby Show" (not to mention his part ownership in the world champion Boston Red Sox) and Gold and Miller manage Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow (director of the summer smash, The 40-year Old Virgin), Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock, among many others.

"Russell Peters is an incredibly likeable and gifted comedian whose funny observations on race and everyday life are fresh and intelligent while at the same time, completely blow the lid off of racial stereotypes," says Mike Clements, President, Werner-Gold-Miller Productions. His humor crosses a wide-range both in terms of age and race and we believe Russell Peters will prove to be the next breakout television comedy star in the vein of Tim Allen and Ray Romano."

"We are in fantastic company," said Clayton Peters, who manages his brother Russell's affairs. "Werner, Gold and Miller are three of the biggest names in the comedy field and we feel Russell can go the distance on network television - and in feature films - in the U.S. This deal is the first step towards making this happen. Other offers were made by very highly regarded producers as well, however we felt that this particular group of producers and managers would provide Russell with the best shot at going from a pilot to a series."

Known for immediate connection with his audiences and his quick-witted humour exploring all races and cultures, including his own, the four-time Gemini award nominee Peters is wowing Canadian audiences with his seven-city Somebody…! Tour, beginning with his September stops in Ottawa and Montreal, in addition to Vancouver, Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary and Edmonton. Many of the shows are already sold out with additional shows being added in certain cities.

Peters, who has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, says that his routines are based on life experiences. He's also just finalizing his participation in the first HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas in November, as well as performing at HBO's world famous Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006.

His television appearances include CBC-TV's "COMICS!" "CLUB CLASS" on Channel 5 (UK) and two one-hour "COMEDY NOW!" specials on The Comedy Network in Canada. He has also hosted his own talk show on BBC-TV (UK) and performed on the David Frost Comedy Festival Special, broadcast on both the BBC and the CBC. Peters has appeared as a feature performer in a number of independent film projects, scheduled for release in 2006.

In April 2005, he was the first South Asian to headline and sell-out the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. Tens of thousands of fans have turned out to see Peters live across the United States throughout 2004 and 2005. He has been playing for sold out crowds from New York to Los Angeles, and creating a major buzz of excitement on university campuses, comedy clubs and now Hollywood.

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