How Seth MacFarlane Made an Empire Spanning TV, Film, Music

Variety | 4/23/2019 | Scott Huver
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“The empire is accidental,” says Seth MacFarlane as he sits atop the sort of rarefied showbiz kingdom — television shows, movies, acting roles, musical albums, merchandise — that only a handful of entertainment industry titans such as George Lucas and Walt Disney have known.

MacFarlane, who is set to receive a star April 23 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, says there was never a plan to build such a legacy, only to work on things that make him happy.

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“I think you’ll be surprised by some of the ideas and the things that he’s excited about,” says Erica Huggins, the president of MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door. She expects the company’s future to potentially include dramas, remakes, podcasts — plus content from other creators who excite her boss. “The best way to describe the kind of genius that Seth has is that he sees it in the full picture. It’s kind of a complete sensory way of approaching a piece of material. I’ve been around long enough to see other people work. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

MacFarlane acknowledges that if he has an interest in something, there have to be others who share his passion, and that instinct has served him well — from his early days at animation institution Hanna-Barbera, through the rocky years of “Family Guy” that ultimately spawned a long-running TV fiefdom (including “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show”), non-comedic efforts (“The Orville” and a “Cosmos” revival), onto feature films (the “Ted” movies, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”) and as an actor-for-hire (“Logan Lucky,” the forthcoming “The Loudest Voice”).

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Along the way there have been awards-nominated albums of old standards, sold-out concerts, philanthropic causes and even a stint hosting the Academy Awards, all by age 45.

As each new form was gradually mastered, he says, “the...
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