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Speaker Biographies

Seth MacFarlane

Emmy-winning writer-director-actor, TED and FAMILY GUY

Seth MacFarlane is one of the most daring voices in American comedy today, an Emmy-winning writer-director-actor who is the creative force behind television’s FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, and the summer hit movie, TED. A fearless innovator, MacFarlane pushes boundaries in his writing while using traditional and new technology to delight, surprise and shock audiences.

MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Soon after, MacFarlane was hired by Fox to create, animate, write, direct and provide all the main male characters' voices for what became FAMILY GUY. The seven-minute short was delivered in May 1998 and was picked up just weeks later. At twenty-four, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in television.

MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Stewie Griffin, as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. In addition, the show has garnered four nominations for Outstanding Animated Series. In 2009 FAMILY GUY became the only animated show since “The Flintstones” to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy category.

MacFarlane made his directorial debut in the summer of 2012 with the live action and CG comedy, TED. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted. MacFarlane also served as one of the producers and writers.