'King of the Hill' producer inks $4 mil-plus deal

Twentieth Century Fox TV has inked a multiyear overall deal with “King of the Hill” co-executive producer David Zuckerman, who will executive produce Fox’s upcoming midseason animated comedy “Family Guy.”

The two-year deal with a third-year option is worth more than $4 million and calls for Zuckerman to be a co-show-runner with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.

The irreverent comedy, “Family Guy,” which includes a twisted and evil infant bent on killing his mother, was picked up by Fox from a seven-minute demo tape written, animated and acted by MacFarlane, a young newcomer to the TV business.

It’s one of three key animated comedies Fox is readying for midseason, along with Matt Groening’s “Futurama” and the Eddie Murphy “foamation” comedy “The PJs.”

Zuckerman has worked on “King of the Hill” since its inception, most recently serving as a co-executive producer. Prior to that, he was creator of the series “The last Frontier” for Fox, and he also wrote for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Zuckerman started out as an executive at Lorimar and NBC before embarking on his writing career. He’s repped by the Kaplan-Stahler-Gumer Agency and attorney Jeanne Newman.

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