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SETH MACFARLANE (Albert Stark/Written by/ Directed by/Produced by) is a true Renaissance man, possessing talents that encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. MacFarlane has created some of the most popular content on television and film today, while also expanding his career in 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, who made him an offer to create a pilot presentation. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, produced, directed as well as provided all the main male characters' voices for a seven-minute short that eventually became Family Guy. He was 25 years old when the series aired on FOX, making him the youngest showrunner in television history.

While Family Guy was canceled twice and existed only on DVD and in repeats on Cartoon Network, executives revived the show for a third time when they noticed DVD sales, international revenue and cable ratings were on the rise. Now in its 13th season, Family Guy is a multibillion 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 Award in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. Family Guy has also garnered four Primetime Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More). MacFarlane has received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Original 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, an updated 13-part docuseries of Carl Sagan's iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey premiered in March on 10 U.S. networks, simultaneously across FOX and National Geographic platforms, making it the largest television premiere event of all time.

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, with MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul mouthed teddy bear. The film, which was co-written and produced by MacFarlane, made more than $545 million worldwide. A sequel, currently in the works, is set for release on June 26, 2015.

MacFarlane's debut album, "Music Is Better Than Words," debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2011 and received two Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Released by Universal Republic Records, 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 Sara Bareilles collaborated with MacFarlane on two duets on the album. He is currently finishing a Christmas album, which is set for release this fall.

In 2013, MacFarlane hosted the 85th annual Academy Awards and was also an Academy Award nominee for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," from Ted. In addition, MacFarlane is the only three-time returning roast master on Comedy Central's Primetime Emmy Award-nominated Roast franchise and, in 2012, he hosted the premiere of the 38th season of Saturday Night Live.

In 2009, MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation 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.


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