Mike Barker (producer)

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Mike Barker
Mike Barker by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Barker at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego.
Born Michael Barker
(1968-06-07) June 7, 1968 (age 46)
Los Angeles
Occupation Animator, actor, television writer
Years active 1999–present

Michael Wayne "Mike" Barker (born June 7, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.) is an American producer, best known for his work from 2005 to 2013 as co-creator and co-showrunner of the long-running and ongoing adult animated television series American Dad!. He co-created the animated series along with Matt Weitzman and Seth MacFarlane.[1] Prior to that, he also worked with MacFarlane and Weitzman as a writer and producer on early seasons of Family Guy.[2] Barker has always received credit with his writing partner, Weitzman.

American Dad! creator & showrunner (2005-2013)[edit]

In 2003, MacFarlane called up Barker with an idea for a new adult animated series. The idea revolved around a Conservative father and his Liberal hippy daughter. Barker accepted the offer to work on the series and the rest was history. MacFarlane has credited Barker and Weitzman with American Dad!'s success and longevity, stating that the two of them have been in charge of creative direction over the series since its beginnings.

It was announced on November 4, 2013, however, that Barker had departed American Dad! after 10 seasons with the program. It is suspected that his exit was due to creative differences. Weitzman is now serving as the show's sole showrunner. As of November 2013, the show's production crew is in the beginning stages of making the first four episodes of season 11, which is slated to begin in July 2014 upon American Dad!'s arrival to TBS. Barker remains under an overall contract with 20th Century Fox Television.[3][4]

Barker is also known for his voice talent: he has voiced several characters on American Dad! from Terry the news anchor and additional characters to numerous characters on Family Guy, previous to that.


  1. ^ Adalian, Josef (2005) "'Dad' dudes in Fox family.(Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman sign deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television)", Variety, May 10, 2005, retrieved February 5, 2010
  2. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (2006) "CIA Leak: Talking politics with American Dad's Mike Barker", TV Guide, April 13, 2006, retrieved February 5, 2010
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-10-30). "'American Dad' Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner Mike Barker Exits". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  4. ^ Posted: 11/05/2013 8:44 am EST (2013-11-01). "'American Dad' Shakeup: Co-Creator Leaving Before TBS Move". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 

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