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Family Guy Showrunner Inks FOX Deal

FAMILY GUY showrunner David Goodman has signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV, according to VARIETY. The seven-figure deal will keep the former co-exec producer of FUTURAMA on as exec producer/showrunner for GUY and give him the opportunity to develop comedies for the network through 2007.

Studio president Gary Newman said Goodman's humor and organizational skills were reasons for forging the deal. "He's a fantastic piece of manpower and deserves a lot of credit for the resurrection of FAMILY GUY," Newman told DAILY VARIETY. "The show's as good as or better than it's ever been."

FAMILY GUY has been stellar since its spectacular return to TV. Even up against DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, the show has improved FOX's timeslot ratings by 45% with adults 18-49 and 82% with adults 18-34. Fox Home Ent. hopes for the same kind of success with the recent direct-to-video feature, STEWIE GRIFFIN: THE UNTOLD STORY, based on the series.

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