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Sky and FX Networks are to work together to develop brand new comedy programming for transmission on both sides of the Atlantic.

The two-year agreement will see Sky and FX Networks co-fund and co-develop new half-hour scripted comedy for post-watershed slots. Successful series from the creative union will air in the UK on Sky1 HD or Sky Atlantic HD and the FX Network channels in America.

We’re hugely excited about working with FX Networks to develop distinctive brand new comedy and further strengthen our commitment to original home-grown programming. Partnering with the world’s most renowned broadcasters lets us bring Sky customers something truly special, and we look forward to working with the most talented comedy writers and performers in both Britain and the US. – Lucy Lumsden, Sky’s Head of Comedy

The two  year co-development deal aims to pool both broadcasters’ expertise in creating comedy programming and will involve talent from both Britain and the states writing and producing the Sky-FX productions.

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. This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange program. – Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks

Sky began its drive into comedy in 2009 commissioning across Sky’s portfolio of channels with shows such as Moone Boy, Doll & Em, Hunderby, Alan Partridge: Welcome to The Places of My Life, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Spy, Psychobitches and the series of short films, Little Crackers.

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