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Jentle Phoenix.

May 31st, 2006

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Right around the time we started up Frederator and Oh Yeah! Cartoons my childhood bud from Long Island Jeff Eberhardt (we met when we were three and we were great friends past college) called and asked would I meet with his daughter? Jen had just moved to Hollywood and wanted to get started as an actress and maybe do some voice overs. I don’t think I was much help, though later on I tried to hook her up with Steve Marmel’s stand-up web community, but I remember telling Jeff I thought she had the drive to go the distance.

Fast forward nine years and I didn’t pay enough attention to Jun Falkenstein’s post about her very cool Kyle & Rosemary cast. Or I just didn’t put 2+2 together (What do you want? I’m the doofus producer. Or else I’m just too old.) Because Jeff’s daughter is Jentle Phoenix, the voice of Gothy Rosemary.

Congratulations to all of us. The world’s a small place. I love it when this kind of thing happens.

The Hanna-Barbera sound effects.

May 30th, 2006

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Alan Goodman’s post about his cartoon schooling reminded me of a huge influence he had on the cartoon revival of the 90s.

Alan and I met in college radio in the early 70s and immediately started working on projects together. Doing audio comedy skits was very popular at our station. One of our favorite discoveries in the record library were some early, scratchy 60s releases of the Hanna-Barbera sound effects library. Our age made us HB freaks, and we had the greatest time mining the stuff for our productions.

Fast forward, against all odds I become the president of Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1992, and one of the first calls I got was from Alan asking when I was going to get him the ‘official’ library. After months of useless bureaucracy I found out the veteran studio personal was completely dismissive of this part of their hertiage, given that some of the effects dated back to the 1940s and Bill Hanna’s supervision of the Tom & Jerry production.

I’ll spare you the boredom, but after five years we finally released the library in the quality treatment it deserved. I’m still hearing those 60 year old effects in commercials (and cartoons). I feel like Alan did a good thing.

Wubbzy in New York.

May 26th, 2006

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(L-R: Bob Boyle,creator; moi; Kay Wilson-Stallings, Nick Jr.; Susan Miller, executive producer. In the background, Fred Stoppel, head writer)

Earlier in the week we had a early kick-off party at our office for Wow!Wow!Wubbzy! I’m proud to be associated with Bob Boyle’s great creation and even happier he could come in to NY with his wife Teri to meet all the East-coasters who are going to help contribute to his success. Aside from the usual gate crashers folks attended from our partners like Nick Jr. (Kay Wilson-Stallings, above), IDT Entertainment, Fischer-Price, Scholastic, Kick Design, and too many others to mention.

A couple of people were missing from the picture. True to form, the incredible Eric Homan, who really sheparded Wubbzy into existence, avoided the camera. And Brown Johnson, uber-exec in charge at Nick Jr., the first person to believe in us and our project.

And a special nod Susan Miller, my partner in Bolder Media for Boys & Girls and executive producer of Wow!Wow!Wubbzy! Her unflagging energy has kept us going for four years; in many ways this was an early coming out party for her too. Thanks boss.

New Post?

May 23rd, 2006

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I was feeling guilty today about posting so rarely on my own blog. Then I got to thinking what we’re up to. Not counting the things I’m not writing about yet.

I stopped beating myself up.

Joey Ahlbum.

May 3rd, 2006

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Joey Ahlbum is an animator who made Super Sam and Spot as a student film, which I’ve liked for several years. Today he brought in a pitch of it as a seven minute short.

Some of you might recognize Joey’s work from the loads of shorts he’s done for Sesame Street or the What A Cartoon! he designed and directed, Zoonatics (written by The Poster Boys). But if you’re 20-30 years old, you’ve definitely seen Joey’s Nickelodeon network IDs like ‘Doo-Wop-A-Saurus’ (with music by Paul Rolnick).
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Joey Ahlbum > ‘Doo-Wop-A-Saurus.’

Welcome Mike Milo.

May 2nd, 2006

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Mike Milo starts his cartoon Flavio this week. I’ll let him explain it to you on his blog, but in the meantime you can check out his personal journal Milowerx.

Mike co-created and directed a couple of shorts for us at Hanna-Barbera’s What A Cartoon! It’s great to have him back.
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