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USA polishes pact with Diamond

Studios USA expands its roster of comedic writers.

HOLLYWOOD — Former “Murphy Brown” scribe-producer Bill Diamond has inked a multiyear overall deal with Studios USA Television.

Pact calls for Diamond to create, develop and produce comedy series for Studios USA. Scribe was most based at the soon-to-be extinct Artists Television Group.

Studios USA has made several major comedy development deals in recent months, including pacts with Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah; Steve Koren; Cheryl Holliday; and Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Bill’s work for a long time,” said Studios USA senior comedy veep Marcy Ross. “Not only is he a really experienced showrunner, he has also generated some of the funniest original material I’ve read in a long time. We’re all very excited to be the studio that helps shepherd Bill’s many half-hour show ideas to the networks.”

Diamond said he looked forward to “a great challenge” of creating new series for Studios USA.

“I’m particularly excited by the fact that everyone there seems so determined to make bold creative choices,” he said.

Diamond, who’s repped by William Morris, most recently was a co-exec producer on the WB laffer “Nikki.” Before that, he spent four years working on “Murphy Brown,” serving as exec producer of the CBS comedy from 1995-97.

Scribe’s other small-screen credits include “Wings” and “Anything but Love.”

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