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Seth MacFarlane hits SXSW 2012

February 15, 2012 |  1:26 pm

Seth Macfarlane

The South by Southwest Film Festival (better known as SXSW) is injecting a hint of small-screen love.

The festival in Austin, Texas, kicks off March 9 and among its panelists is a man popular with animation fans. In “A Conservation with Seth MacFarlane,” to be held March 11, the "Family Guy” creator will discuss his TV work, as well as his upcoming directorial debut, “Ted,” a live-action/CG-animated comedy starring Mark Walhberg and Mila Kunis.

And the TV love at SXSW extends even further. It was previously announced that HBO’s new series, “Girls,” about a clique of friends navigating their meager, young lives in New York, will make its world premiere at the festival. The series’ star, Lena Dunham, premiered her first feature film, “Tiny Furniture,” at SXSW 2009. The show, produced by Judd Apatow, will get its debut TV in April.

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-- Yvonne Villarreal

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Photo: Seth MacFarlane at Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen in September. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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