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FX and BSkyB partner for comedy

March 20, 2014

FX Networks and BSkyB have signed a development deal for half-hour scripted comedies. The two-year agreement will see them co-fund and co-develop series to air on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sky said the comedies would be “post-watershed,” and the pact would look to create shows in the same vein as FX’s Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

“We are truly excited to partner with Sky and create comedies that will bridge the Atlantic and entertain audiences in both the UK and US,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange programme.”

The deal builds on Sky’s plan to launch its “biggest ever year of entertainment.” The company said it will invest £600 million (€706m) in original British production across its channels.

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