Feresten punches Big Ticket

Scribe penned 'Seinfeld' classic 'Soup Nazi' episode

Former “Seinfeld” scribe Spike Feresten has inked a three-year overall development deal with Big Ticket Television.

Pact calls for the Emmy-nominated Feresten to develop, create and produce series programming for the Viacom-owned studio. Scribe had previously been based at Castle Rock Television.

Feresten most recently served as a co-creator and exec producer on NBC’s Michael Richards laffer, which had a brief life last season. Feresten ankled that skein two weeks into its Peacock run (Daily Variety, Nov. 9, 2000.)

“Spike has shown he has a distinctive and original comedy sensibility,” Big Ticket topper Larry Lyttle said. “We eagerly anticipate what he has in store for us.”

Feresten offered his apologies for “The Michael Richards Show” and said he was looking forward to his relationship with Big Ticket, despite some ideological differences with Lyttle.

“Despite the fact that Larry is a diehard Yankees fan and I am for the Red Sox, I am very pleased to be in business with Big Ticket,” Feresten said. “I just hope the Sox are still a few games out while I am pitching my ideas.”

Before working on the Richards show, the CAA-repped Feresten spent three seasons as a writer and producer on “Seinfeld.” He penned several famous episodes of the NBC classic, including the “Soup Nazi” and “Muffin Tops” segs.

Feresten’s success on “Seinfeld” led to several Emmy noms as well as a two-year, multimillion-dollar development deal with Castle Rock.

Before “Seinfeld,” Feresten spent five years as a writer on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

(Michael Schneider contributed to this report.)

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