Sky is teaming with the network behind Louie and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to develop new comedy series.
Sky and FX Networks (comprising FX, FXX and FXM) have agreed a two-year deal which will see the two co-fund and co-develop new half-hour scripted comedies. If any projects are commissioned under this agreement, the projects in question would air on FX in the United States and either Sky1 or Sky Atlantic in the UK.
The agreement, which is similar to a co-production agreement Sky recently inked for new drama projects with HBO, make sense as both Sky and FX are looking to expand their comedy offerings. Just last night, FX picked up a new comedy fronted by Billy Crystal with a 13 episode order, while Sky is preparing to launch their newest comedy Mr Sloane, which hails Bob Weide and stars Nick Frost, on Sky Atlantic.
“We’re hugely excited about working with FX Networks to develop distinctive brand new comedy and further strengthen our commitment to original home-grown programming”, said Lucy Lumsden, Sky’s Head of Comedy. “Partnering with the world’s most renowned broadcasters lets us bring Sky customers something truly special, and we look forward to working with the most talented comedy writers and performers in both Britain and the US.”
While Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, added: “We are truly excited to partner with Sky and create comedies that will bridge the Atlantic and entertain audiences in both the UK and US. This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange program.”