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News Release: January 27, 2010
Family Guy Creator Seth Macfarlane Set to Host 2010 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast Show on 2/20

LOS ANGELES -- Family Guy creator and acclaimed writer-producer Seth MacFarlane is set to host the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Saturday, February 20, at the Hyatt Regency Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. MacFarlane also currently serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on the Fox animated series American Dad and The Cleveland Show, which premiered on Fox with exceptional ratings last September.

“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen as host of the WGAW awards. I look forward to catching up with my strike buddies from 2007, and making some new strike buddies for 2011,” said MacFarlane on his WGA L.A. show hosting gig.

“Everyone knows his extraordinary voiceover talents, but we’re only beginning to see him as a versatile live performer. He can sing, dance, spin plates…and we’re going to put him to work,”” said Writers Guild Awards’ WGAW show executive producer Spike Jones, Jr.

MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he created the animated short film, The Life of Larry. Impressed executives at Hanna-Barbera encouraged MacFarlane to move to Los Angeles in 1995 to create and direct a short film for them. After moving to L.A., he went on to work on numerous animated series, including Ace Ventura, Jungle Cubs, and Johnny Bravo.

Executives at Fox recognized his talent and offered him a chance to create a primetime animated series of his own. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed, and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became the hit animated TV series Family Guy. MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as “Stewie Griffin,” and Family Guy has garnered two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Animated Series. In 2002, he also received an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show. In 2009, Family Guy was only the second animated show since The Flinstones in 1961 to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy category.

The WGAW will host its 2010 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on 2/20 to honor the year’s outstanding writing in film, television, and other creative categories. The Guild will recognize screenwriters with Original, Adapted, and Documentary Screenplay awards, as well as honoring television writers in a variety of categories, including overall TV series awards for Comedy, Drama, and New Series. In addition to WGAW’s own lifetime achievement Screen and Television Laurels and honorary service awards, WGA trophies for Episodic Drama, Episodic Comedy, Original Longform, Animation, Videogame Writing, and other competitive categories will be presented at this year’s gala event. Additional presenters/talent will be announced closer to show date.

To access/download a press shot of Seth MacFarlane, please visit the following link: Photo credit: Jay Goldman

The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. For more information about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4574, email: Gregg Mitchell. For media press inquiries about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Sherry Goldman in the WGAE Press Office at (718) 224-4133 or email: Sherry Goldman.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, new media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.