Seth MacFarlane, the maker of several popular TV series, including Family Guy and American Dad, has signed a nine-figure television deal with NBCUniversal Content Studios, ending a two-decades-long relationship with 20th Century Fox Television.
Fox tried to keep MacFarlane after its last contract with the actor had ended in June 2019 but was outbid by NBCUniversal, sources told Deadline.
Why It Matters
MacFarlane had been working with Fox for more than 20 years.
After Family Guy, which has made billions of dollars since its launch in 1999, MacFarlane co-created the animated sitcom American Dad in 2005. MacFarlane’s science-fiction comedy The Orville was launched in 2017.
“One of my oldest memories from Fox is of a young Seth MacFarlane hanging out in the halls of the studio,” said Dana Walden, chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.
“As a fan, I look forward to whatever he creates next, and as his studio partner on Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville, I feel lucky to be continuing an extraordinary partnership,” added Walden.
MacFarlane and his production company Fuzzy Door Productions will create TV projects for NBCUniversal’s various divisions, including cable- and streaming-focused Universal Content Productions and broadcast-focused Universal Television and the NBCU's upcoming Peacock streaming service, which will be launched in April 2020.
Shares of Fox Corporation fell by 1.24% and closed at $36.72, while Comcast Corporation’s shares dropped 1.16% and close at $44.98 on Friday.
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