Exec producer signs new two-year deal
“Family Guy” exec producer David Goodman has sealed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal to remain at 20th Century Fox TV.At the studio, he’ll continue to work on “Family Guy” and assist as the animated hit undergoes a showrunner transition. As previously announced, Goodman and Chris Sheridan are passing the showrunner baton to new bosses Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan. “I had that job for five years — and I’m very happy to now have this job,” Goodman said of moving away from the showrunner grind. “They’ve treated me well here, and I’m lucky that they have the faith in me to continue my deal, even though I’m no longer providing showrunner services.” Now that he’s stepping away from day-to-day oversight of the show, Goodman has been freed up to start developing new live-action and animated projects for 20th. “This presents us with an incredible opportunity to develop with David and utilize his abilities as a supervisor,” said 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden. As a result, Goodman is attached to two new animated presentations the studio is producing for Fox. One, “Fathers and Son,” comes from scribe Jason Ruiz, who hails from Fox’s and 20th Century Fox’s joint Fox Inkubation program for budding animators. “He’s created a world that is very original and sharp,” Goodman said. “I’m happy to be working on it — I hope I don’t ruin it.” Goodman is also in talks to potentially work on the high school-oriented animated project from Peter Chernin’s 20th-based company and the “Robot Chicken” trio (Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Root). Green and Goodman are well-acquainted, as Green supplies the voice of Chris Griffin on “Family Guy.” As for new development, Goodman said he hasn’t yet kicked around ideas — although he’s bullish on returning to the live-action multicamera arena, a genre he worked in for much of his 20-year career before turning to animation. “The whole impetus to the deals we make with great showrunners and writers is to help support our current series, which is the life and blood of the studio, while also supporting their development when the time is appropriate,” Walden said. Beyond “Family Guy,” Goodman’s credits include “Futurama.” He also wrote the feature “Hong Kong Phooey” for Warner Bros., through producers Alcon and Rat Ent., and “Who’s Killing the Great Chefs?,” a remake for Warner Bros. Goodman is repped by UTA.
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