FX Networks, BSkyB Ink Transatlantic Comedy Pact

LONDON — FX Networks and BSkyB have inked an agreement to develop new comedy for audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

The two-year pact will see FX Networks and BSkyB co-fund and co-develop new half-hour scripted comedy. If the projects are commissioned, the shows would be broadcast on Sky1 HD or Sky Atlantic HD in the U.K. and Ireland and FX Networks channels in the U.S.

The partners are looking to create shows that will sit alongside series such as FX Networks’ “Louie” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and BSkyB’s “A Touch of Cloth” and “Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters.”

Home-grown BSkyB shows that have previously been broadcast on U.S. networks include “An Idiot Abroad,” “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” “Spy,” “Moone Boy” and “Doll and Em.”

Eric Schrier, president of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Prods., said: “This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange program.”

BSkyB has said it will invest £600 million ($990 million) in original British production this year.

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