Scribe tickles Par funny bone

Crittenden to develop laffers for studio's network TV division

Ex-“Seinfeld” scribe Jennifer Crittenden has inked a rich, high-seven-figure deal with the Paramount TV Group to create and exec produce comedy series.

Crittenden currently serves as a co-exec producer on CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which earned an Emmy nomination last year for outstanding comedy series. The writer’s other credits include “The Simpsons” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

Under the multi-year pact, Crittenden will develop laffers for the studio’s network television division. Several other studios had pursued the scribe, who had not previously had an overall deal at a studio.

“We at Paramount have been huge fans of Jennifer’s for quite some time and are truly delighted that she has chosen Paramount as her new home,” said Paramount Network Television prexy Garry Hart. “From her work on ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Jennifer has established a tremendous reputation, and we are looking forward to being a part of her first creation.”

Crittenden began in 1991 as a writer for “Late Night With David Letterman.” She then joined “The Simpsons” as a staff writer before jumping to “Seinfeld” as a story editor in 1996. The writer worked her way up to co-exec producer before the show left the air in 1998; she then moved to “Drew Carey” as a supervising producer.

Crittenden, who’s repped by CAA, joined “Raymond” last season. “Raymond” creator-exec producer Phil Rosenthal previously signed an overall mega-pact with Par (Daily Variety, May 11, 2000).

“I’ve loved working with Jen these past couple of years,” Rosenthal said. “She has a very unique and funny sense of humor. Paramount continues to show its excellent taste in deal-making.”

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