Sky and FX Networks partner up to create new comedy

Irish, UK and American audiences will be treated to new comedy thanks to two-year partnership

David Baker
by David Baker on 21st March, 2014

Sky and FX Networks have entered a two-year agreement to co-fund and co-create a post-watershed scripted comedy for broadcasting in the USA, UK and Ireland.

The partnership hopes to build on the existing relationship between Sky and FX Networks and provide audiences with a programme which will sit alongside other comedy favourites.

These include shows such as A Touch of Cloth and Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters from Sky and series such as Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia from FX Networks.

A number of these popular shows are already available to view on Sky TV channels, with the firm hoping the latest creation will be a valued addition to Sky Entertainment.

Home-grown programming

If commissioned, Sky customers in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch the new comedy series on Sky1 HD and Sky Atlantic HD – giving viewers even more exciting content from their Sky+HD package.

Speaking about the partnership the TV provider is constructing with Fox Networks, Lucy Lumsden, the Head of Comedy at Sky, explained they were “hugely excited” and wanted to develop the new comedy as part of their “commitment to original home-grown programming”.

FX Networks were similarly complimentary regarding the partnership with Eric Shrier, the President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, saying:

“We are truly excited to partner with Sky and create comedies that will bridge the Atlantic and entertain audiences.”

He also referred to the partnership as a “unique foreign exchange program” which would enhance the content available on Sky+HD.

Entertainment first

This announcement comes as Sky launches its biggest ever entertainment-focused year.

A string of brand new comedies are planned to come to Sky TV viewers in Ireland, with new series of Mount Pleasant, Trollied and Stella all scheduled for broadcast alongside other home-grown favourites such as Moone Boy, Doll and Em and An Idiot Abroad.

The firm also intends to invest €700 million in original home-grown productions across Sky TV Channels as part of their ongoing commitment to entertainment.

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