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‘Friends,’ ‘Go On’ Writer Scott Silveri Sets Overall Deal with 20th TV

Comedy writer Scott Silveri has inked a rich three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Silveri, a highly sought-after showrunner, fielded offers from all of the major TV shops, a sign of the strong demand for experienced comedy scribes even as the networks have struggled in the past few seasons to break half-hour hits.

Silveri was previously under an overall deal at Universal TV, where he created the Matthew Perry starrer “Go On.” He became a free agent during the past development season and focused his attention on co-writing with Shana Goldberg-Meehan, his wife and frequent collaborator, and Dave Mandel a pilot for CBS, “The Mistake.”

The 20th deal calls for Silveri will develop series projects for the studio and supervise other writers. Dana Walden, CEO of 20th TV, said she was a fan of “Go On,” which ran on NBC in the 2012-13 season.

“Scott is very talented and incredibly entertaining. If the meetings trying to get him to move to (20th) are any indication, we are going to have a fantastic time working with him,” she said.

Silveri came up the ranks on NBC’s “Friends,” rising to exec producer. He and Goldberg-Meehan spearheaded the spinoff “Joey.” He also co-created the 2011 NBC comedy “Perfect Couples.”

Silveri is repped by WME and attorney Don Walerstein.

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