Comedy writers drawn to Fox TV deal

Silverstein, Jeser sign on for two years

“Drawn Together” creators Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser have inked an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.

The two-year deal, pegged in the seven-figure range, calls for Silverstein and Jeser to develop new comedy projects plus work on existing 20th series.

Pact is one of the few comedy overalls coming out of 20th this season. 20th Century Fox TV’s Dana Walden said the studio had been waiting for the scribes to become available.

“It felt like their writing fit into the brand of comedy that we’ve been trying for a long time to establish at the studio,” Walden said. “They’re creative, ambitious and risk-taking. These are not the guys who will do the next generation of ‘Happy Days.’ ”

Walden said the studio’s comedy development chief, Quan Phung, was particularly aggressive in luring the duo to the studio. Their experience in both animation and live action was seen as a good fit, given 20th’s hefty stable of animated skeins.

“It’s not easy to come about writers who can move seamlessly between animation and live action,” Walden said.

The scribes said they’re willing to continue working both on the animation and live-action side.

“If the right idea hits us, that happens to be animated, we’d love to do animation again,” Silverstein said. “Right now 20th is doing the kind of shows we like to watch — ‘Family Guy,’ ‘The Winner.’ ”

Silverstein and Jeser previously worked for 20th on the critically acclaimed comedies “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and “Greg the Bunny.”

“What we really liked in meeting with 20th is that they are looking to do alternative comedy or anything really funny and new,” Jeser said. “It’s important to keep the door wide open, and that’s what they’re into.”

More recently, their “Drawn Together” — an edgy parody of cartoon characters living together, reality TV-style — scored big for Comedy Central among young males. The show’s third season will return this summer; after that, should it return, Silverstein and Jeser will no longer be involved on a day-to-day basis.

“Creatively, it was time for us to move on,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein and Jeser also served as showrunners on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers,” and have written for “Action” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

Silverstein and Jeser are repped by UTA.

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