American Dad! Production Bios
AMERICAN DAD! Production Bios
Seth MacFarlane is a true renaissance man possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has created some of the most popular content on television and film today while also expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature and philanthropy.
MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His talents were soon noticed by executives at FOX, where they made him an offer to create a pilot presentation. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, produced, directed and provided all the main male characters’ voices for a seven-minute short that eventually became Family Guy. He was 25 when the series aired on FOX, making him the youngest showrunner in television history.
Unfortunately, Family Guy ended up being canceled twice and existing only on DVD and in repeats on the Cartoon Network. Executives revived the show for a third time when they noticed DVD sales, international revenue and cable ratings on the rise. Now in its 12th season, Family Guy is a multi-billion-dollar asset for FOX, and in 2009, it became the only animated show since The Flintstones in 1961 to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy category. Family Guy has also garnered four nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. MacFarlane has received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show.
In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, which just ended its 88-episode run in May 2013. He executive produced the 21st century version of COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey described as a 13-part updated docu-series of Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Cosmos premiered in March on ten US networks, simultaneously across FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the largest television premiere event of all time. It has since become the most-watched series in the history of the National Geographic Channel. Additionally, the series has received 2 Critics Choice Television Awards and been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award and 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated film of all time, Ted. This buddy comedy starred Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear. The film made over $545 million worldwide and was also co-written and produced by MacFarlane. A sequel is currently in production and is set for release in 2015. In May 2014, Universal released MacFarlane's western-comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West. The film, which MacFarlane wrote, produced, directed and starred in, featured an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris among others.
MacFarlane’s debut album, Music Is Better Than Words, debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and received two Grammy nominations, including ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.’ Released by Universal Republic, the album celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of the lush swing orchestras of the ‘40s and ‘50s with MacFarlane singing some of the hidden gems of that era. Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles collaborated with MacFarlane on two duets on the album. He is currently finishing a Christmas album set for release in the fall of 2014.
In 2013, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award nominee the same year for ‘Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song’ for ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ from his feature film, Ted. MacFarlane is the only three-time returning Roast Master on Comedy Central’s Emmy Roast franchise and, in 2012, he hosted the premiere of the 38th season of Saturday Night Live.
MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation in 2009 to focus his charitable efforts. Through this foundation, he funded the Seth MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at the Library of Congress. He also continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research and the nonprofit organizations, Chrysalis and Perry’s Place.
Matt Weitzman has been writing professionally for television and movies since 1993. Matt has worked primarily on situation comedies, both live action and animated. While he cocreated American Dad alongside Seth MacFarlane and longtime writing partner, Mike Barker, he currently runs the show with Brian Boyle, who has been with American Dad! since its beginning.
Matt began his career on the FOX show Daddy Dearest with Don Rickles and Richard Lewis. Thus, the native of Los Angeles began a long career on short-lived shows, including but not limited to the baseball sitcom Hardball, The Last Frontier, and Homeboyz in Outer Space. Eventually, he found himself on a new animated show, Family Guy. And while the show’s early shelf life didn’t last, the relationship with its creator, Seth MacFarlane, did.
After having a few laughs on a number of other shows, including The PJs, Off Centre, and Dreamworks’ Father of the Pride, and writing some yet to be produced movie scripts, Matt and Mike reunited with Seth to create American Dad because Seth, at the time, believed Family Guy was dead. Since then, Matt has worked tirelessly and happily on the twice Emmy®-nominated American Dad, now in its 10th season.
Brian Boyle didn't pay income tax until he was twenty-eight. He wasn't evading taxes, he was just evading making money. He stayed in school for what seemed like forever studying something that seemed like medieval literature. Then he went to South America to teach English in Colombia. There he learned to dance salsa and to recognize a ridiculous number of bizarre fruit. Next he went to Germany to coach American football. Knowing almost nothing about the sport, he was put in charge of coaching the German fans when to cheer during American football. But for the Hamburg Blue Devils, this was almost never. So in his 28th year he came to Hollywood, got a job as a writers' assistant on the NBC show Veronica's Closet and earned the minimum income required to file taxes. At the time this was $8,000. The rest is tax history.
Because Federal Tax Returns are not public record, here is some more information. After pitching what Kirstie Alley called the "Funniest joke of the season," (something about bringing your own candy to a funeral) Brian was hired to write for the show Friends, made by the same production company just down the hall. After Friends he worked on more well-known and perhaps more highly-acclaimed shows such as Imagine That and Come to Papa, where his efforts gained the attentions of Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, creators of American Dad!
Brian started working on American Dad! in its first season and has been there ever since. He has changed offices three times, but other than that everything has gone pretty smoothly. The show is now in its tenth season, becoming the 13th American Comedy to run that long. Or the 14th if you count Murphy Brown as a comedy.