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Sky has agreed a new deal with FX Networks which will see the companies work together on the development of new post-watershed comedy series.

The firms will co-fund and co-develop a new half-hour scripted comedy designed for UK and US audiences, with commissioned shows set to air on Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic.

Sky is aiming to create new programmes that will sit alongside existing series such as 'A Touch of Cloth' and 'Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters'.

An number of Sky series - including 'An Idiot Abroad', 'A Young Doctor’s Notebook', 'Spy', 'Moone Boy' and 'Doll and Em' - have previously been broadcast on US networks, earning rave reviews.

FX Networks is targeting more of the same, by collaborating with Sky on the development of new projects.

Lucy Lumsden, Sky’s Head of Comedy, said the broadcaster is "hugely excited" about the partnership, which she claimed further strengthens Sky's commitment to original home-grown programming.

"Partnering with the world’s most renowned broadcasters lets us bring Sky customers something truly special," she stated. "We look forward to working with the most talented comedy writers and performers in both Britain and the US."

Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said the companies are looking to create comedies that will "bridge the Atlantic" and entertain audiences in Britain and North America.

"This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange program," he stated.

Sky - which commissioned its first comedy series in 2009 - is ramping up its investment in home-grown programming.

In 2014 alone, the digital satellite TV provider is set to invest £600 million in original British production across its channels.

Sky comedy commissions have earned a raft of awards, gaining recognition at the International Emmys, BAFTAs, RTS Awards, British Comedy Awards, the Rose d’Or Festival and more.

New shows set to launch in 2014 include 'Mr Sloane', starring Nick Frost of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' fame, and 'The Dog Thrower' featuring 'Friends' actor Matthew Perry.

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