Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Extends Universal Deal Through 2017

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EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman’s Aggregate label has been extended another two years at Universal Pictures. Bateman has had a first-look deal there since 2012 and in that time has grown into the role as producer as well as the director of Bad Words and then the Toronto Film Festival-bound The Family Fang. His new deal runs through 2017, and he has hired as an executive Aaron Schmidt, who had been a VP at Kevin McCormick’s Warner Bros-based Langley Park.

aaron schmidtAggregate produced the hit Universal comedy Identity Thief alongside Bluegrass Films, with Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, starring as well as Bad Words, which Focus Features acquired after the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Aggregate’s latest producing property is The Family Fang, in which Bateman stars with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. Aggregate is also producing Fox Searchlight’s IPO Man, the David Bar Katz-scripted Universal comedy FBI Wedding and other upcoming…

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