EXCLUSIVE: Modern Family co-executive producer Abraham Higginbotham has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Emmy-winning comedy series. Under the pact, Higginbotham will be upped to an executive producer on Modern Family next season. He will also develop new projects.

Higginbotham has been at 20th TV for the better part of the last decade. He spent three years on the studio’s Emmy-winning Arrested Development, worked on Modern Family creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd’s previous comedy series for 20th TV, Fox’s Back To You, and created/executive produced the studios’ Fox comedy Do Not Disturb before joining Modern Family as a co-executive producer at the beginning of Season 2. He shared into the series’ best comedy Emmy win last year. “Abraham is a writer whom writers value,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “He is extremely versatile and can write different type of shows,  and he has an incredibly warm personality that makes him very effective on staff.” While Higginbotham’s work on Modern Family is a very important part of the deal, Newman said the studio hopes he would also be able to develop.  Higginbotham wrote some key episodes of Modern Family this past season, including the season finale.  Outside of 20th TV, UTA-repped Higginbotham did stints on Will & Grace and Ugly Betty.