William Shatner to Present Award


Los Angeles, CA – January 24, 2024 — The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films has revealed their plans to bestow the talented and versatile writer, director, producer, actor and singer, Seth MacFarlane with the illustrious Robert Forster Artist’s Award at the upcoming 51st Annual Saturn Awards hosted by Joel McHale, set to take place on February 4, 2024 at 4PM PST, streaming live on ElectricNOW. MacFarlane’s talents encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. A true multi-hyphenate, he is behind some of today’s most popular content in television, music, and film. MacFarlane has garnered five Emmys, four of which make him the tied record-holder for the most voice-over Emmy wins of all time, along with five Grammy nominations and an Academy Award nomination.

Through MacFarlane’s work both in front of and behind the camera in  film and television (“Ted,” “Family Guy,” “The Orville”) he and his production company, Fuzzy Door, have created an enviable portfolio of award-winning properties connecting global audiences through the lens of individual experiences. His newly released event series “Ted” debuted on Peacock and has become the most-watched original title in the streamer’s history over seven days. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of his hit animated series “Family Guy” on FOX.  MacFarlane created, executive produces and stars in Hulu’s Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed live-action space adventure series “The Orville.”

Legendary actor and cultural icon, William Shatner, will be presenting MacFarlane with the honor at the Saturn Awards ceremony.

Academy President Robert Holguin and Saturn Awards producers Bradley and Kevin Marcus comment, “Seth is a multi-talented entertainer who continues to leave an indelible mark on the community as a whole. His unique style and ability to blend humor with social commentary across a multitude of genres have made him a household name. We are truly honored to bestow this very special award to him.”

The Robert Forster Artist’s Award is bestowed upon an innovative trailblazer for their body of work and impact on the entertainment industry. The Award is in honor of the late, dear friend/Saturn Award favorite Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”), whose talent and legacy amongst his peers was an inspiration to all. The first recipient of the Award was Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) and last year’s recipients were Bob Odenkirk and the cast of “Better Call Saul.”

This year’s Saturn Awards celebrating the films and television programs within genre entertainment will be live streamed by the premium OTT app and FAST channel from Electric Entertainment, ElectricNOW, the official streaming partner of the Saturn Awards.

Other prestigious awards presented at the upcoming ceremony will be announced shortly.


About The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 by film historian Doctor Donald A. Reed and is supported by several hundred genre enthusiasts and professionals (such as JJ Abrams, Dean Devlin, Gale Anne Hurd, Guillermo Del Toro, Greg Berlanti, and Kevin Feige) who have participated in the ongoing efforts of the Academy to promote genre film production and television programming since 1972. The organization is currently headed by President Robert Holguin and Saturn leaders Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus.

About ElectricNOW

ElectricNOW is the premium OTT app and FAST channel featuring Electric Entertainment’s own produced content such as fan-favorite TV series “Leverage,” “Leverage: Redemption,” “The Librarians,” “Almost Paradise,” and “The Outpost,” as well as acquired programming such as the feature films “Blackway” starring Anthony Hopkins and “The Book of Love” starring Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams. The ElectricNOW Channel, available on numerous platforms including The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon Freevee, Sling Freestream, Plex, STIRRLocal Now, TiVo Plus, Redbox, Vizio, XUMO, TCL Channel, StremiumDistro TVVidgoHisense VidaaLG ChannelsGlewed TV, and Select TV, is a one-stop shop for fans to enjoy all their favorite shows free, in a 24/7 streaming broadcast. In addition to the free streaming content, the ElectricNOW App also includes special bonus feature content, a program guide, video-on-demand and pay-per-view components. The channel and app offer ElectricNOW Originals, which include such hit series as The Official Leverage: Redemption Aftershow: A Very Distinctive PodcastInglorious TrekspertsThe 4:30 MovieBest Movies Never Made, Cartoon Barroom, The Rebel and the Rogue, and Disco Nights in a line-up that includes podcasts devoted to Star Wars, Dr. Who and other sci-fi and entertainment industry-related topics.

Daniel Pickett

AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News,,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.

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