September 27, 2002 at 7:25 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 4:27 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are trying to put Cleveland on the moviemaking map.
The Cleveland natives, who shot "Welcome to Collinwood" here last year, have a deal in place to produce a weekly drama series set in Cleveland.
The show, about a Cleveland lawyer, is in final negotiations with two major networks.
"It's certain that we're doing the show, and it's certain that we have a guarantee for a pilot and 13 episodes," Anthony Russo said. "It just isn't certain which network."
The Russos (pictured, above) planned to announce the deal Friday afternoon, when Mayor Jane Campbell honors them for their efforts to help establish a film industry in Cleveland. The two, who now live in Los Angeles, are home for Friday night's U.S. premiere of "Welcome to Collinwood," their first commercial film.
The movie, which was produced by George Clooney and Stephen Soderbergh, will be released nationally October 4.
"Welcome to Collinwood" was the first of five feature films shot in Cleveland over the past year, said John Ryan, chair of Greater Cleveland's Film Commission.
Three more feature films will be shot in Cleveland within the next year, a news release said.
The Russos say they hope to shoot about one-third of the new show and all of the pilot in Cleveland. The series would be based in Los Angeles.
"And if it works, potentially down the line we could do another show here that would be based here," Anthony Russo said. "We need to focus on what Cleveland can do to make it happen."
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