Family Guy courtesy Fox, Seth MacFarlane by Michael Yarish/Fox
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