Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door production company has hired former Imagine Entertainment president Erica Huggins to serve in the same role.
Huggins will oversee development for all content including film, television, literature, music and digital. She spent the past 14 years at Imagine Entertainment, with the last five as president.
The hire comes two years after Jason Clark was brought on board by MacFarlane as president of production and business development.
“I’m excited to begin working with Erica as we embark on a new creative chapter in the life of this production company. She has demonstrated impeccable taste, an undeniable flair for artful, visionary leadership, and a strong, distinct point of view that is rare and essential in this competitive landscape,” said MacFarlane in a statement. “The level of experience she brings as we seek out and develop worthwhile projects is an asset to say the least. But what’s most important to me is that she shares my ambitions not only to entertain, but also to support creative visions that have something of substance to say in these unsettling times.”
On TV, Fuzzy Door produces MacFarlane’s longrunning animated comedies “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” the later of which airs on TBS. The company also has the live-action “The Orville,” heading into its second season on Fox, as well as the next installment of “Cosmos,” titled “Possible Worlds,” which airs on both Fox and NatGeo.
On the feature film side, Fuzzy Door has produced R-rated comedies “Ted,” “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
“Seth’s energy and creative genius is infectious and disarming. I am thrilled to be part of expanding on Fuzzy Door’s already diverse slate of TV and feature development as well as focusing in on the next wave of content,” said Huggins, in a statement. “I am especially excited by the entrepreneurial mandate I’ve been given to be expansive and build a company that looks out towards the future. Finding unique voices and stories that are authentic and courageous, hilarious and outrageous, political and dramatic will all be part of our strategy to elevate storytelling in all formats. Brian and Ron’s innovative thinking and generous partnership have left an indelible mark on my creative process.”
Huggins mostly worked on feature films at Imagine, producing “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” “Get On Up” and “The Dark Tower.” She was also an executive producer on “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Flightplan” and “J. Edgar.” The company was first established in 1998.
“Erica covered expansive creative ground in her time at Imagine. Whatever the genre or budget range, her excellent taste, hard work and thoughtful leadership has always been additive. She doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations or ignore production challenges. Erica truly loves this business and makes it a pleasure for those she is collaborating with,” said Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Chairmen of Imagine Entertainment.