Family Guy courtesy Fox, Seth MacFarlane by Michael Yarish/Fox
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has signed a landmark deal with 20th Century Fox that makes him the company's highest-paid writer-producer and keeps him there through 2012.

The deal, which includes new media and retail projects, covers Family Guy, American Dad! and the upcoming Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show. MacFarlane will also team up with Family Guy writer Gary Janetti to produce a sitcom.

MacFarlane didn't hold back his feelings about signing the deal, which was finalized after nearly three years of negotiations. "I get a lot of pleasure out of making shows. It's a bonus to be getting paid well for it, and it's a double bonus to be getting paid exorbitantly for it." - J.R. Whalen