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Mitch Hurwitz, creator of the comedy 'Arrested Development' has signed a multi-year deal with streaming service Netflix. The deal will see him create an original series for the service, as well as work across other Netflix shows.

Hurwitz will become non-writing executive producer on other Netflix projects, and consult on the streaming service's comedy series.

It's the latest weapon the service is using as the battle between it and Amazon Prime Instant Video heats up. Both services make their own shows, but this week Amazon put one over on Netflix by signing a deal with HBO.

Starting next month, Amazon will have the streaming rights to HBO shows including 'The Sopranos', 'Six feet Under', and 'The Wire'.

"We are lucky to be in business with Mitch Hurwitz, a true genius with one of the most distinctive voices in comedy today," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said in a statement.

"Mitch's inventive approach to 'Arrested Development' – one of the top TV comedies of this generation – was ahead of its time, and we're fortunate to have him on our team."

Hurwitz won three Emmys during 'Arrested Development''s three-year run on Fox. He described working with Netflix as "the best professional experience of my life, even topping some of my favourite unprofessional experiences.

"It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn't resist change but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it.

"The fact that I'm also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free… well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox."

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