Avi LernerC;s MillenniumFilms has signed a five-picture production deal with veteran producer StevenHaft, whose credits include Dead PoetsC; Society, Tigerland and Emma.

The non-exclusive agreementprovides his Haft Entertainment with funds to attach talent and producepictures with foreign distribution through MillenniumC;s Nu Image. Titles areexpected to be in the $15m-$45m range.

"We are committed to makingmajor films with major talent. ThatC;s what Steven does very well," Lerner saidin a statement.

"Millennium has recentlybeen elevating its talent level with actors like Morgan Freeman, Josh Hartnett,Scarlett Johansson, Danny DeVito, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey and numerousfirst-class filmmakers."

@;Millennium may be the mostprolific B;true independentC; film producer in the motion picture businesstoday,A; Haft added. @;Unlike many, they fully finance, fully risk and fullyexploit across the world markets.

He continued: @;As studiosincreasingly change their focus from production to distribution, Millennium isthe right place at the right time.A;

Millennium is currently inpost-production on the thriller Edison starring Justin Timberlake, Morgan Freeman and LL Cool J, and romanticcomedy Mozart & The Whale,which stars Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell.