Family Guy and The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane who has spent decades developing series for Fox including his current three series has inked a new deal with a competitor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door Productions have inked a $200 million dollar deal with NBCUniversal to create and develop new TV projects as well as cable and streaming focused content for Universal Content Productions and Universal Television.
MacFarlane will continue his work on his current Fox shows Family Guy, but has expressed interest in working on other projects including musicals, political dramas and other animated projects for NBCUniversal and channels like SyFy. According to NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer; “Seth’s voice resonates across multiple demographics and mediums. We all admire his ability to create audacious commentary with bold, yet relatable, humor and I look forward to working with him behind and in front of the camera.”
MacFarlane released a statement as well saying; “I am extremely honored to be partnering with Dawn Olmstead and the entire UCP team,” MacFarlane said. “My relationship with Universal pre-dates this new chapter, and if my experience producing television with UCP is anything like the experience I’ve had producing films with the company, it will be an exciting and creatively fulfilling one for me and for Fuzzy Door. I’m especially inspired by all of the opportunities that NBCUniversal Content Studios has to offer with George and Bonnie at the helm.”
He went on to thank his long time friend and collaborator at Fox, Dana Walden, who is currently serving as chairwoman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment after the Disney/Fox merger. “I will remain indebted to my good friend Dana Walden and the team at 20th for their collaborative partnership over the years, and I look forward to our continued work together on Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville.” MacFarlane has deals to continue all three series at Fox as well as working on his new projects.