Gavin Logan was in New York the other day to show us an animated show he’s been working on with some friends, and a few comedy ideas for Next New Networks. Bill Sobel is a friend of ours who teaches at SUNY Albany in his spare time and he was kind enough to give us an intro to Gavin. Thanks for coming by.
Archive for August, 2007
One of the things I love most about working in cartoons is the grind that makes up the sausage, the early drawings, models, layouts, backgrounds, and, of course, storyboards. It’s great to look at the early work and see what kind of evolutions a creator’s mind and pencil go through.
It’s so seldom we civilians actually get to see this stuff that I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of the boards we picked from the almost 1000 presentations we got to select the 39 Random! Cartoons.
WE’RE GOIN IN TURBO TIME!!!
YOU WANT YOUR BOOTIES???!!!
Jettboy327 is one of the latest members at Channel Frederator RAW, our beta social network, and as he was complimenting us in a post he asked what we’re up to at Frederator Studios. Just answering him wore me out, and you all know most of this stuff, but I thought you all might be interested in the compilation in one place:
Thanks for the kind words Jettboy.
We’re kind of busy at everything right now, including getting RAW right and the http://channelfrederator.com]channel[/link] better. And:
• Production (along with Project 51) is beginning on a series of 2 minute cartoon shorts based on the videogame Ape Escape.
• A screenplay is being written by famed comicbook writer Warren Ellis for our production (with Project 51) of Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse.
• We’re just starting the second season of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (created by Bob Boyle).
• In May, creator Butch Hartman began work on 20 more episodes of The Fairly Oddparents.
• And then, in June, we announced the formation of Frederator Films to make feature films.
Hmmm, there’s more, I think. Oh yes, we’re still struggling with Nickelodeon to get an airdate on our last shorts series Random! Cartoons.
Most of you regular Frederatorblogs readers know all about Next New Networks, but I thought I’d share this letter I sent out to my mailing list today:
Usually when I write to my whole mailing list it’s announcing some good news from our cartoon studio. With everything going on there (our feature film slate, a new original series for the web, awards galore, and more Nickelodeon series) you haven’t heard much from us this past year unless you’re a reader of our blogs. The studio’s kept me busy enough, but the launch of Channel Frederator in 2005 and my partner Emil Rensing’s VOD Cars has led to a cascade of developments I’ve been meaning to share for several months.
Next New Networks is a new kind of media company that will introduce 101 ad-supported micro television networks over the next five years, with 10 already on the air and five coming in the next few weeks. I’m a founding partner with Herb Scannell, Jed Simmons, Tim Shey, and Emil, an incredible group of colleagues who’ve all worked together in various media configurations over the past 30 years.
The initial networks are already unqualified hits with 25,000,000 video views so far, and four individual brands handily passing 1,000,000 monthly views. And that’s not including the all the activity around our blogs, forums, and newsletter. We’re making our business and creative choices around stunning talent that’s come our way and the vibrancy of online communities, and wrapping them all up with the branding skills we’ve developed online and in television. Automobiles, Internet pop culture, Comicbooks, Fashion, Politics, Brides, Jewelry, and Cartoons are just some of the communities we’re serving in our first year.
What makes our networks different than the kind we’ve all known? Well, nothing and everything. The productions are usually much shorter, and they’re on-demand. You can watch them anywhere, on hundreds of websites, but also on your TV. But the biggest difference is mostly our viewers. In many ways they’re more important than we are. They produce video, they write blog posts, and they even distribute our networks. Their roles in their specialized communities are most important to the building of our brands.
OK, so as usual, I didn’t make a long story short (though with all we’ve got going on I could go on a lot longer). You can check out the Next New Networks blog to keep up with more if you’d like. I’ll leave you with a short bit on each of our networks, and for those whose email can handle it, you’ll also find embedded players for each right on this page. Check them out, you might enjoy them.
INDY MOGUL just had a 1,000,000 view month. It’s is the first network for the YouTube generation. Producer/host Erik Beck shows you how to do the most sophisticated special effects with the stuff in your kitchen.
VOD CARS and FAST LANE DAILY have both passed their million view marks and offer up fast cars (”No talking, Just speed.) and lots of car news (and FLD host Ji Young Min was just named hottest in videoblogging). VETTE DOGS rounds out our industry leading automotive offerings and will soon be joined by GARAGE 419.
VERACIFIER features the fiercly independent and original journalism of Joshua Micah Marshall (Talking Points Memo), the most popular political blogger in America.
THREADBANGER has popped stars Rob Czar and Corinne Leigh. They’re hosts and producers of one of the internet’s hottest areas, DIY fashion, and are at the top of everyone’s list of the new online stars.
JETSET is just cool. Host/producer Zadi Diaz and producer Steve Woolf are defining forces internet culture the way Rolling Stone and MTV defined pop music culture. And JETSET correspondents will be hosting a second show here soon.
PULP SECRET features two shows about comicbooks. Reviews from A Comicbook Orange (Casey McKinnon & Rudy Jahchan) and Justin, Pete and Alex BS and comment on the week in comics.
BRIDE-O-RAMA is one of our two newest networks, a weekly featuring video tips submitted from recent brides to the brides-to-be of the moment.
BLEACHER BLOGGERS hosts Dave Aizer and Brent Popolizio focus on the unsung heros of internet sports, the thousands of bloggers who know better than you.
TOTAL MMO has up to date information and tips on massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft.
And, of course, I don’t want to leave out CHANNEL FREDERATOR another member of our 1 million club, Cartoon Central for the internet. Our first original series will be launching in Septemeber.
Of course there are lots of reasons, and sure Eric Homan’s a nice guy, got great taste, and works hard (I won’t embarrass him further by going on and on and on about how smart he is). But as often is the case with a person you’ve worked with for a long period of time, there’s got to something more. With Eric it’s his sense, which I try to share, of the world beyond our cartoon borders.
Yesterday we were going through this season’s limited edition postcards we’ll be starting to send out this fall. “I would maybe slightly alter the American flag to an Election Day card.”
Right on Eric. Thanks.
Albie Hecht is one of my best friends –ah, one of Frederator’s best friends– his company World Wide Biggies –”a New York-based developer of digital entertainment for kids, families and young adults”– has just announced the opening of a digital production studio, an investment raise of $9million, and distribution deals. His partners include co-leaders NBC Universal and Platform Equity, and Hearst Corp., Greycroft Ventures and Prism VentureWorks. Wow.
Nobody’s going to beat Albie and his great team (including our other close friend, and I might add, my first creative hire in television, Scott Webb), nobody. They were early media converts to the transformative power of the interactive digital world’s effect on the traditional television business.
Albie’s one of the cultural stars of the last dozen years. As Herb Scannell’s President of Nickelodeon Entertainment produced an unending string of hits like the humngo series and movie SpongeBob SquarePants, the $100 million movies of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Rugrats, and lately Nick’s runaway success The Naked Brothers Band. And Scott was Nickelodeon’s innovative Worldwide Creative Director for several years; you’ll remember, among other things, his sheparding of the truly original series Pete & Pete, and his mid-90s foresight to be an early internet pioneer with the creation of Nickelodeon Online.
Did I mention that nobody’s going to beat Albie? Congratulations to the Biggies.
We had a full house in New York last week when one of our favorite directors, Kevin Lofton, was in with Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, and partners Rohit Sang and Lynn Shaw. Many of you know Jackie from his stint on the Howard Stern FM radio show and are familiar with his adult comedy act. But, we discussed the team’s idea for an animated kids show.
Thanks for coming in folks. See you soon.
If you love modern American popular music, you probably know it wouldn’t exist as we know it without New Orleans.
I’ve written quite a bit since 2005 about the tragedy that befell the United States while Hurricane Katrina hit and our government bungled the chance to save a great American region.
And I posted once about the graphic art that’s been created to help donate funds to help the rebuidling, but I’ve only glanced upon the personal part of me that resonates with New Orleans, and that’s the musical culture.
Briefly: Tipitina’s was set up by some music fans to provide a place for piano legend Professor Longhair to perform in his later years. Bad business met good intentions and the place almost went under until a good samartian resurrected the joint in the mid-90s. Katrina almost put it down for the count with the rest of the area but our samaritan instead set up Tipitina’s Foundation to help the city’s most important asset, it’s musicians. You can read more in detail about the foundation’s work here.
The point? Please donate to Tipitina’s Foundation. The tragedy is not over by a long shot –it won’t be for most of our lifetimes– and any help you can give will help. If you love music, this should be an easy check to write.