Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran comedy writer-producer Victor Fresco, creator of such cult favorites as Fox’s Andy Richer Controls The Universe and ABC’s Better Off Ted, has sighed an overall deal with Universal Television. The two-year pact, which starts in June, represents one of the first major talent signings for Universal Television since the NBC-affiliated studio was re-established as a full-fledged entity supplying all networks last summer and Bela Bajaria was appointed to run it under NBC topper Bob Greenblatt. “Victor Fresco has a sharp comedic point of view and is well-regarded by talent and networks alike,” Bajaria said. “We are excited to make this new home for Victor.” Fresco will move to NBC after 5 years at ABC Studios. There he created and executive produced Better Off Ted, which ran on ABC for 2 seasons, and most recently served as a showrunner on freshman ABC comedy Man Up. Before ABC Studios, Fresco, repped by ICM and attorney Jared Levine, did stints at 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV.

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