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Fryman inks 2-year pact with 20th TV

Non-exclusive deal keeps helmer with 'Mother' for two seasons

“How I Met Your Mother” executive producer Pamela Fryman has signed a two-year deal to remain an exec producer on the CBS laffer.

The pact also ensures she remains lead director of 20th Century Fox TV’s “Mother,” where she has helmed well more than 100 episodes of the sitcom to date. But Fryman will also be free to direct episodes of other series, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Fryman has been with “Mother” since its launch in 2005, serving as exec producers alongside Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Stephen Lloyd and Chris Harris.

Fryman is one of the few veteran female helmers in TV, where she’s been working steadily since the 1990s on series including “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Two and a Half Men.” She’s also among the most sought-after directors for comedy pilots. This year, she lensed the CBS laffers “The Assistants” and “How to Be a Gentleman,” the latter of which earned a spot on the Eye’s fall sked. Fryman is expected to direct the second episode of “Gentleman” as well.

In March, CBS announced a deal to extend the run of “Mother” until at least the end of the 2012-13 season.

Fryman is repped by ICM.

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