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In the last day we’ve heard of two more web video projects from established Hollywood talent. Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy is making a web show for Google, and actress Justine Bateman (Family Ties), writer and producer Jill Kushner (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Peter Murrieta (Wizards […]

In the last day we’ve heard of two more web video projects from established Hollywood talent. Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy is making a web show for Google, and actress Justine Bateman (Family Ties), writer and producer Jill Kushner (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Peter Murrieta (Wizards of Waverly Place), and Alan Sereboff (Snowblind) have started a web video site called FM78.tv.

MacFarlane has cleared his digital work directly with the Writers Guild of America. “He’s doing a series of webisodes called Cavalcade, original programming that’ll be distributed through some Google portal,” was the word from WGA West President Patric Verrone, whom I met at a Harvard conference yesterday (we’ll post video from that interview tonight).

The MacFarlane deal likely came out of a reported arrangement from last summer brokered between Seth MacFarlane and Google (Raven-Symone signed the same deal) and arranged by Media Rights Capital to distribute exclusive content through Google AdSense.

Update: the noted geek, author, and Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton is working on MacFarlane’s Cavalcade.

Meanwhile, Zadi Diaz at EPIC-FU uncovered FM78 when she interviewed Justine Bateman at the Independent Spirit Awards. “We’re about to shoot our first sitcom, that takes place in a candy factory, and it’s going to be starring me and Jeff Garlin and Steve Pinkus directing,” Bateman said. “Everything’s going to be distributed over the Internet, TV and film. It’s not the future, it’s now.”

Bonus: above is a video of MacFarlane speaking at a WGA rally.

  1. [...] Steve Chen. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has a new online show in the works that will be distributed by Google. And earlier this week Nielsen canceled its ambitious Project Apollo, which tested Arbitron’s [...]

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  2. I have a longer, more in-depth conversation with Justine Bateman about new media. It’s available in my podcast.

    http://wgastrike2007.blogspot.com/2008/02/wsc-show-104-new-media-discussion-with.html

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  3. [...] Family Guy Spinoff? Seth MacFarlane is doing an exclusive online show as well apparently. Family Guy, Family Ties Stars Head for Web « NewTeeVee __________________ “They don’t turn negative on you like they do here,” Largent said. “Jim’ll have [...]

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  4. Interesting. I never knew about Family Guy in cahoots with Google till i read it here. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. [...] said the guild had cleared the show during its recent strike. At the time we talked to Verrone, he said Google would be distributing the series, something that had previously been alluded to by the [...]

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  6. Seth is a pretty entertaining speaker, thanks for the video – it was interesting! It looks like he had the crowd “inspired” too.

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  8. Seth really knows how to win the crowd.

    BTW. Nice link MCB.

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