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Old 05-05-08, 01:29 PM
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Seth MacFarlane signs overall deal with Fox thru 2012

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...&cs=1&nid=2565

Posted: Sun., May 4, 2008, 8:00pm PT

Fox adopts 'Family Guy'
MacFarlane seals deal with studio

By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

Two and a half years after they entered the negotiating room, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has sealed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, keeping him in business with the studio through 2012.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but should MacFarlane's properties, which also include "American Dad" and upcoming "Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show," hit all their financial goals, the value of the pact could ultimately enter the nine-figure range.

Deal not only keeps MacFarlane in place as exec producer of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and now "The Cleveland Show," but it also keeps him in place as the key vocal talent on both "Family" and "Dad." MacFarlane is also set to lend his voice to a neighbor character on "Cleveland."

As for the recent suit MacFalane and 15 other "Family Guy" scribes filed against 20th Century Fox TV, that had no relation to the contract negotiation. That complaint, filed April 10 in Santa Monica, relates to the 2005 DVD "Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story."

"It effectively locks me into 20th," MacFarlane said. "They have found ways to allow us to do what we need to do to make the show what it is. It's great to be in a permanent, stable relationship ... because I like to think that I have a number of other shows in me."

That includes "Cleveland," as well as a live-action multicamera laffer he's developing with "Family Guy" consulting producer Gary Janetti. (MacFarlane and Janetti, who recently sealed his own deal with 20th, are still kicking around ideas.) "The task at the moment, now that this is done, is to figure out ways to expand while keeping 'Family Guy' as high quality as we hope it has been," MacFarlane said.

Deal was a long time coming for MacFarlane and 20th Century Fox TV -- and both sides expressed relief at finalizing it. Studio was set to announce the pact several times in recent weeks, only to hold off at the last minute as final points were still hammered out.

"In a way, it does feel like one of the last big monster deals," said 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman. "Deals like this are driven by the value of a piece of business that has already been created. It's so difficult to create shows like 'Family Guy' and turn them into such enormous financial assets."

At the center of the deal, noted 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden, was the fact that "Family Guy" remains a cultural phenomenon -- and one that has survived two cancellations by Fox.

"It's one of those few series an exec gets to work on in their career that rises to a level where it's not just a TV show anymore," she said. "The audience for this show is so dedicated that it becomes a prime brand for a company like ours."

The negotiations took several twists and turns through the years.

"I think everyone feels that it took a lot longer than we'd have liked it to." MacFarlane said. "There was a point where I thought, 'This might not happen.' "

Talks came to a stalemate by fall 2006, with 20th delaying the start of production on "Family Guy's" sixth season in an attempt to push along negotiations. (The studio didn't want to start production only to stop later if a deal wasn't reached.) Production finally got on track, and scribes reported back to work, 2 months later in January 2007 after negotiations progressed to a point where a deal appeared imminent.

Meanwhile, MacFarlane sealed a deal with indie shingle Media Rights Capital to create Web shorts -- including 50 segs for Google. (Under terms of his new studio deal, MRC is in second position to 20th, and anything that resembles a TV project immediately goes to the studio.)

Then came the writers strike. MacFarlane went public with his irritation at 20th after the studio opted to complete "Family Guy" episodes without his involvement. (MacFarlane said those episodes have now been recut, under his supervision.) "I think tempers became a little more heated during the strike," he said. "I don't know that I ever thought of going as far as not reupping with them, but at the time it was very tense."

Walden agreed that things got hairy as negotiations dragged on.

"It would not be honest to suggest there weren't days filled with mild anxiety that we would never come to a mutual understanding," Walden said. I don't think either party was inclined to look very seriously at the option of moving on."

As for the deal itself, that hefty nine-figure number is contingent on a number of factors all winding up in MacFarlane's favor. Those factors include, among others: "Family Guy" remaining on air through the course of the deal; a big syndication deal for the more recent shows; continued strong DVD sales; and a rich second cycle off-net syndication pact for "Family Guy."

"People are thrilled, there's no lingering resentment or feeling that we were taken advantage of, and certainly Seth has to be feeling pretty great about his financial future as well as his professional future," Walden said. "Today is a new day, we're moving on."

"The Cleveland Show" came about after Mike Henry (who voices Cleveland on "Family Guy") and "American Dad's" Rich Appel approached MacFarlane about the idea of a spinoff.

"There was to me no other sensible option than to say yes," MacFarlane said. "There were some conversations about what this means for 'Family Guy,' but I think that the upside potentially outweigh the downside."

Beyond that, MacFarlane said he'd like to continue expanding his Fuzzy Door shingle to include multiple skeins and feature projects. And that includes a long-rumored "Family Guy" movie, which MacFarlane would like to produce in the next few years. There's no firm plan yet, although any feature will likely center on homicidal toddler Stewie, he said.
Looks like they all made up after the writers strike!

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Old 05-05-08, 01:39 PM
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Great. Another guaranteed 4 years of uninspired, rediculously plotted and lame episode of Family Guy.

It truly pains me to say that. I was a fan since day one when I watched the pilot after Super Bowl 33. The show since it's come back from the dead has been severely hit or miss (99% miss), and it's so sad.

Unless MacFarlane can do a total 360 and turn the direction of the show back to the 1st and 2nd seasons, I don't expect anything stellar coming out of this.

Surprised though that this "deal" made no mention of a Family Guy movie. Although, this is the first I've heard of a Cleveland spin-off. Meh.
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I actually disagree, I think the show picked up a great deal around the middle of last season, and while the last couple eps have been lackluster overall, it's been going pretty strong and consistently funny.

And honestly, the 1st season was one just about the weakest one. There was mention of the Cleveland spin-off a few weeks ago, I think the general consensus is "Eh". That said, the show is hit and miss (though all of Fox's shows have been lately) these days, but it's a merchandising juggernaut right now.

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This is the best news I've heard since that time I went bungee jumping with Jessica Tandy!

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Old 05-05-08, 03:03 PM
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I'm not a big Family Guy fan, but it's amazing that the show was cancelled and came all the way back from the brink to be so important to the network that they would offer McFarlane this kind of money. Good for him.
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Good for him. I still catch Family Guy every once and a while but mainly watch it when it hits DVD.
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I wonder if the Seth deal indicates that FOX isn't planning on renegotiating with everyone over at THE SIMPSONS when that deal is up (I know it cost them an arm and a leg last time around)...maybe FOX feels they can just do SIMPSONS movies in the future.
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I like Family Guy, but American Dad doesn't do anything for me. It feels like they are inking a deal on his way down, personally. But good for him.
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The Simpsons still gets very good ratings for them, is a cash cow when it comes to syndication and merchandising, so I don't think the Simpsons are going anywhere soon.

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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I like Family Guy, but American Dad doesn't do anything for me. It feels like they are inking a deal on his way down, personally. But good for him.
I much prefer American Dad. I just think it's a much better overall show than Family Guy now, and has interesting plots even though they aren't trying for a gag a minute.
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oh great another 4 years of an entire show based on the line remember when......

how Family Guy manages to stay on is beyond me its really an unfunny Simpsons rip off, character for character, where as the Simpsons makes fun of things and has social commentary with some respect to what is being made fun of, Family Guy is just crude jokes put together.

But good on Seth for making his dough off this network that cancels superb shows like Firefly and gives us two seasons of Nicole and Paris.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
oh great another 4 years of an entire show based on the line remember when......

how Family Guy manages to stay on is beyond me its really an unfunny Simpsons rip off, character for character, where as the Simpsons makes fun of things and has social commentary with some respect to what is being made fun of, Family Guy is just crude jokes put together.

But good on Seth for making his dough off this network that cancels superb shows like Firefly and gives us two seasons of Nicole and Paris.
Maybe if people watched Firefly it wouldn't have been canceled.
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I still watch Family Guy on ocassion, but American Dad is a lot funnier to me.
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I really dislike Family Guy for many reasons. I think McFarlane is an uninspired hack and I really wish they could find better programming on Sunday evenings than Family Guy and American Dad.

...but oh well, you can't argue with ratings.
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This is so funny. Really... him? Over J.J. Abrams? This guy now being the highest paid writer-producer around is laughable.
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Family Guy could just show Stewie crapping in a bowl for 22 minutes and I'd still watch it. One of my favorite shows and I just cant stay away so im really happy. I just love the off the wall comedy and the expect anything attitude of the show.

I like American Dad but I feel like it just uses the jokes that didnt really make it to family Guy. Either way, ill watch both and the Clevelend Show.
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I'm pretty happy that the show will be around for a while longer. I'd never heard of any plans to make a Cleveland show before, but I'll give it a shot.

Very odd how so many "non-fans" of the show (and Seth MacFarlane) are posting here. I've never watched an episode of American Idol in my life, and I somehow manage to steer clear of any posts about the show.
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Four more seasons of Family Guy? That sounds more tedious than the time I played Rock Paper Scissors with Yakov Smirnov.

Cut to us
Me: Rock
Yakov: In Russia rock papers you

It's the perfect Family Guy joke!
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You should have had Yakov say the last line, it would have been funnier.

Yakov: Is perfect Family Guy joke!
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Family Guy still makes me laugh out loud multiple times per ep, so yeah, I like this news.
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
Very odd how so many "non-fans" of the show (and Seth MacFarlane) are posting here. I've never watched an episode of American Idol in my life, and I somehow manage to steer clear of any posts about the show.
I hate Family Guy so I stay away from the FG threads... this is different. This isn't talking about individuals episodes of FG and American Dad its talking about what we're to expect out of the Fox lineup for the next 4 years, that is more Family Guy, more American Dad and The Cleveland Show. I don't care enough about episodes to post in the weekly thread, but I am interested in what I should be expecting out of the Fox lineup. I have to say I'm disappointed by it, but like I said before, you can't argue with ratings.
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I'm not a hater. I love Family Guy. Just not terrible episodes. Which has been the series in a nutshell since May 1st, 2005.
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I was one of the folks that wrote multiple letters to Fox begging them to bring Family Guy back. (so you should all be thanking me - lol). Although it's not as good as it used to be... I'm not one of those douchebags that thinks a show must be cancelled because they believe it's not as good as they remember it to be. It provides a lot of joy for a lot of fans. This is great news and hopefully it will continue beyond '12.
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Originally Posted by Goat3001
I hate Family Guy so I stay away from the FG threads... this is different. This isn't talking about individuals episodes of FG and American Dad its talking about what we're to expect out of the Fox lineup for the next 4 years, that is more Family Guy, more American Dad and The Cleveland Show. I don't care enough about episodes to post in the weekly thread, but I am interested in what I should be expecting out of the Fox lineup. I have to say I'm disappointed by it, but like I said before, you can't argue with ratings.

I think this is good news - Hey we could be getting more gems such as Life on a Stick, The Pitts, or more reality shows

I like Family Guy - but don't stick around for American Dad (but like it when I watch it - I think the opening drives me away)
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Good news.

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