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Strauss, 20th will laff it up

'Then' exec inks to create, produce new comedy skeins

Scribe-producer Jeff Strauss (“Friends,” “Then Came You”) has inked a rich new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Strauss will create and exec produce new comedy skeins for 20th, while remaining on board as exec producer of the ABC midseason laffer “Then Came You.” Latter skein, a romantic comedy about a 33-year-old book editor and a 22-year-old waiter, bowed last week to solid Nielsen numbers, winning its timeslot with viewers 18-49.

“We have been extremely happy with our relationship with Jeff,” 20th Century Fox TV co-toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden said. “He is a prolific writer-producer with a unique voice who has demonstrated tremendous skill both creating series on his own as well as supervising young writers.”

Strauss began a four-year deal with 20th in June 1996, jumping from Universal with former writing partner Jeff Greenstein.

‘Partners’ partner

At U, the duo co-created and exec produced the well-reviewed but short-lived Jon Cryer laffer “Partners”; at Fox, the Jeffs (as Greenstein and Strauss were known) co-created the Cryer/Vivica A. Fox comedy “Getting Personal.” Both shows aired on the Fox network.

Strauss kicked off his career as a staff writer on HBO’s bawdy sitcom “Dream On” during the show’s first season. He was later upped to co-head writer (with Greenstein) and supervising producer.

Strauss was a scribe and supervising producer on the first season of “Friends,” snagging an Emmy nom for co-writing the Thanksgiving-themed seg “The One Where Underdog Gets Away.”

Deal for Strauss was brokered by Endeavor and the law firm of Armstrong, Hirsch, Jackoway, Tyerman and Wertheimer.

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