After a 20 year run, Seth MacFarlane is leaving 20th Century Fox Television after signing a mega TV deal with NBCUniversal. More within…
For the entirety of his career, Family Guy and The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door production company have called the 20th Century Fox Television lots home. Now, he’s all set to pack up his things and move to the NBCUniversal lot after signing a mega deal with the Peacock brand.
This move comes on the heels of a massive bidding war between the two companies for his services. Despite an admirable attempt to keep MacFarlane, it’s said that Fox was outbid by NBCU to the tune of a nine-figure deal. The numbers are not confirmed yet, but it’s being reported that it is a 5 year $200 million deal.
MacFarlane now joins the ranks of other TV creators with mega deals at NBCU, including Sam Esmail, Dick Wolf, Mike Schur, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, among others.
The acquisition of MacFarlane is a massive coup for NBCU, as the enigmatic TV creator made billions of dollars for Fox TV. Now, he’ll try to do the same for NBCU and their upcoming streaming service, Peacock. MacFarlane’s deal will be for him and his Fuzzy Door production company create new TV projects for both NBCU and outside outlets. Although, it appears the primary focus will be for his team to create a hit for Peacock. In fact, MacFarlane is considered to be one of the main anchors of the service when eventually rolls out.
It’s a big loss for Fox, but not one that should effect programming too much. Family Guy was renewed for 2019-2020, but other popular MacFarlane shows like American Dad! (relocated to TBS) and The Orville (moved to Hulu for Season 3) are no longer part of their upcoming lineups. So, while Fox will miss out on MacFarlane’s next great idea, they won’t have to do much for their weekly programming schedule.
As more news on Peacock and Seth MacFarlane’s next TV projects are revealed, we’ll have them here.