Seth MacFarlane On Fox: “It’s An Incredibly Complicated Relationship” – Produced By

Multi-hyphenate creative and productive executive Seth MacFarlane Fox struggles to explain her currently complicated relationship with the network Sunday at the 13th annual event produced by conference.

Fox has long been home to many of MacFarlane’s signature television ventures, such as family Guy And Universe. The conflict is a result of his feelings about Fox News, while also revealing that he had a refreshingly easy partnership with Disney after taking ownership of several of his properties.

Speaking remotely at the conference – which was ironically held in the Fox studio lot – along with Erica Huggins, the president of their production company, Fuzzy Doors, McFarlane gave a call to clarify their persistent ambivalent feelings about the network. Took a moment He parted ways with Fox to pursue a lucrative deal with NBCUniversal’s UCP in 2020, largely over his objections to the tone and content of sister division Fox News.

“It’s an incredibly complex relationship that I have with that company,” MacFarlane explained. “There are people out there with whom I have a very good personal relationship. There are people who I really like. But it’s a different company than when I started. It’s fine for me in the relationship I have with that company now.” It’s very difficult for me to reconcile.”

He continued, “I, like many people, have a lot of issues and a lot of objections to their practices.” “Certainly, the news division and the entertainment division operate relatively independently of each other, and that’s something that has allowed a lot of us to sleep a little better.” But he pointed to the controversial former New York mayor and Trump administration insider Rudy Giuliani on the network’s hit reality competition masked singer As in “troubling”.

“My overall reaction – and I know I am not alone – is a lot of objections to what the company does and how they choose to communicate what they choose to communicate and what they feel is acceptable.”

MacFarlane noted that despite his public criticisms, Fox has never tried to censor left-leaning, often boundary-pushing material such as series. family Guy, Which has displayed its share of sarcastic commentary on Fox News.

“I dump on Fox a lot, but I will say that the whole time I was there, no one ever tried to politically censor the show,” he revealed. “There’s a lot laissez faire Attitude that worked so well for us… I was never censored and I was never pressured to present a different political point of view.”

He said he felt that the news media would benefit from conservative news with an honest, fair, conservative approach. “The tragedy for me is that I think there is really, in this day and age, an opening and the need for, God help me, a conservative news outlet that is rational and which in a way presents an opposing viewpoint. One who is thoughtful and who accepts truth and accepts science and accepts the reality of the world around us. And that doesn’t really exist.”

“At one point, you could argue that Fox News was headed in that direction, and they really took a right turn in that it went somewhere different,” he said. “To me, the ideal situation would be for them to correct course and make a conscious moral decision to try, so that their role moves forward. I don’t think there’s a chance in hell, but you never know.”

Meanwhile, MacFarlane said his ties with the famed family-friendly Walt Disney Company are floating because he acquitted some of his ribald IP when he bought 21.scheduled tribe Century Fox in 2019.

“It’s been great,” he said, alluding to his long, close relationship with former Fox TV executive Dana Walden, recently promoted to president of general entertainment content at Disney. “He’s a great friend and a great executive, and he’s just an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s one of those people you can see being followed across the industry, just working with him over and over again.” to do.”

MacFarlane found Disney to provide an “interesting comparison” of his experiences with Fox. “The company as a whole has, for the most part, been admirable — not always, but for the most part,” he said. “They try to be culturally aware. They try to be morally responsible. And creatively, I’ve had a great relationship with them.”

He pointed to changing his science fiction series The Orville From my original network home on Fox to the third season on Disney-owned Hulu, “one of the best creative experiences of my career, and the support I received from Disney and Hulu for giving us resources as far as I could.” The support has been there. It’s been really gratifying to do this and compete with some of the most ambitious shows on television. And I can’t say enough good things. I really had a blast there.”

Meanwhile, MacFarlane and Huggins were high on some upcoming material being produced for Peacock as part of Fuzzy Door’s NBCU agreement, including a series adaptation of their film franchise. Ted, Playing the role of the ghoulish teddy bear with questionable lifestyle choices, which will serve as a prequel to the movies.

“I’m thrilled to be doing something that no one has done before, to my knowledge, at least,” he said of producing a series in which the central character is an elaborate, CG-rendered creation. He noted that Peacock had approached him with the idea for a series, “and I was glad it was something they were considering as well.”

While the CG-animated nature of Ted would present production challenges that would require time and computing power, MacFarlane, who directed, coauthored, and voiced Titanic Teddy in both films, was more concerned that with the participation. Where and how to pick up the story. The human star of the movies Mark Wahlberg. “If you look at the raw footage before the bear was put in it, there was a lot of Mark in it: he was actually looking at the thing, and so the bear slipped very organically.”

MacFarlane veered toward an original story approach, with teenage actor Max Burkholder now playing Wahlberg. MacFarlane said, “The only way, really, that sounded interesting to me was this idea of ​​a prequel that harkens back to the ’90s, which people always love to revisit.” “To trace this part of his life into which we enter, in the opening montage from the film, and now to dig deeper into it and find out how it happened, what was exactly the sequence of events that led to The reason made John’s character such an underachiever in his adult years and such a disappointment.”