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'Dad's' day for Appel with extended deal

11 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emmy-winning writer-producer Rich Appel has joined Fox's animated comedy American Dad! as executive producer/co-showrunner.

He also has extended his existing seven-figure overall deal with series producer 20th Century Fox TV by another year that will keep him in the studio until at least June 2009.

Appel will run "Dad" with co-creators/executive producers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, who have been the showrunners since the show's 2005 launch.

"Matt and Mike and all of us at the studio and the network saw a great opportunity in bringing Rich on board to help us grow the series as we head into the important fourth season," 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman said. "Rich is an animation veteran and showrunner, and I think the team of Matt, Mike and Rich will be extremely formidable in growing the show into another long-term Fox asset."

Because of the longer production cycles for animated series, "Dad" recently was picked up for a fourth season ahead of its Season 3 premiere in September. »

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'American Dad!' duo back at 20th TV

3 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"American Dad!" executive producers Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz have inked a two-year overall deal with the series' producer, 20th Century Fox TV Studio.

Under the seven-figure pact, which has an option for a third year, Wiener and Schwartz will continue on "Dad!" as exec producers alongside Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and David Zuckerman.

The two also will develop new projects for 20th TV, returning to the studio's talent roster 10 years after they co-created with Danny Jacobson the ABC/20th TV comedy "Two Guys and a Girl".

"It is incredibly satisfying for them to return to the fold not only to work on a key show for us but also to get a chance to develop," 20th TV president Gary Newman said. "They really impressed us all with their work on 'American Dad!' and we decided that we wanted to make a deal with them."

Wiener and Schwartz have been on "Dad!" since the animated series' launch in 2005.

"We love the people on 'American Dad!' we love the show and we love the studio, so it was a logical place for us to stay," Schwartz said. »

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Developing situation for 'Dad!'s' Kahn

22 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"American Dad!" writer-producer Nahnatchka Khan has inked a two-year overall deal with the animated comedy's producer, 20th Century Fox Television.

Under the seven-figure pact, Khan will be upped from supervising producer to co-executive producer on "Dad!" and also will develop projects for the studio.

"There are not a lot of writers out there with experience in animation and live-action comedy, but Nahnatchka brings a track record of success in both, which is hugely valuable to this studio," 20th TV president Dana Walden said. "She's also an incredibly likable, gifted comedic writer whose take on the world is as original as it is funny."

Khan has been on "Dad!" since the show's beginning. "Dad!" created by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, is returning for a third season in the fall and was recently picked up for a fourth season (HR 6/21).

"It's been an amazing experience," Khan said. "I love Matt, Mike and the rest of the guys, and Seth is the writer's best friend -- he makes not-funny lines funny."

Khan got her start in kids animated series at Walt Disney Television Animation after graduating from USC's film school. »

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'American Dad' makes home at Fox

21 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"American Dad!" is staying in the Fox animated family for another year. The network has picked up the series for a fourth season with a 22-episode order. Since its 2005 launch, the show has become an integral part of Fox's Sunday animated block alongside stalwarts "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy". "Dad" was created by "Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The three are executive producing the animated series with David Zuckerman, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz. »

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