Fox Re-Signs Animation Vet Appel

Rich Appel, executive producer and showrunner on The Cleveland Show and a veteran of Fox’s animated TV series, has signed a new three-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Appel will continue with The Cleveland Show, which he co-created. Appel has been with Fox since 1994, when he was hired as a writer on The Simpsons.

He has since worked on most of the studio’s animated series, including King of the Hill, Family Guy and American Dad! He also has worked on live-action series including Bernie Mac and Kitchen Confidential.

‘If you’re going to produce an animated show, there is no better studio to do it than 20th: they know quite intimately what is involved and how to develop those shows,’ Appel told the trade.