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Sky and its sister channel FX have signed a deal to work together on US and UK post-watershed comedy shows.

The two-year deal will bring half-hour scripted comedies to Sky1 and Sky Atlantic on this side of the pond, and FX in America.

A Sky spokesperson said in a statement: "The goal is to create new shows that will sit alongside series such as Sky's 'A Touch of Cloth' and 'Alan Partidge's Mid-Morning Matters' and FX Network's 'Louie' and 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'."

Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX Networks, 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 programme."

Sky recently announced that comedies 'Mount Pleasant', 'Trollied' and 'Stella' will all return for new series.

FX, meanwhile, has several comedy pilots in production. These include 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' starring Denis Leary, an untitled Zach Galifianakis project that is co-produced by Louis CK, and 'The Comedians' which stars Billy Crystal and which has been commissioned for a full series.

Other FX comedies in production include 'Do or Die' starring Tracy Morgan, 'How & Why' created by Charlie Kaufman, 'Man Seeking Woman' created by Simon Rich, and Seth Rogen's animated series 'Bigfoot'.

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