“Family Guy” and “The Orville” creator Seth MacFarlane has scored a large new overall five-year deal at NBCUniversal Content Studios, a deal said to be valued at nearly $200 million.
MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions company will develop television projects for both internal and external networks along with NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock. MacFarlane had previously been under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television, which expired in June.
This marks the first deal for NBCUniversal Content Studios, a blending of Universal Television, Universal Content Productions and NBCUniversal International Studios. It also sees MacFarlane join a small group of famed TV creators including Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, and Ryan Murphy who all signed nine-figure deals in recent years.
MacFarlane has become increasingly critical of Fox in recent years, especially its news division, publicly saying he was “embarrassed to work for this company” last year. Nevertheless, he’ll remain a studio partner with Fox on his existing shows.