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When cable was high tech.

February 24th, 2008

ROOM AT THE TOP FOR YOUTH IN HIGH TECH

My friend and former colleague, media professor Jay Newell, sent me this picture and article from The New York Times (July 1982) to remind me how skinny I once was. It’s about youth in the then new media of cable television at the company we worked at (now called MTV Networks), and one line in particular struck me as relevant to today’s new media. MTV executive producer Julian Goldberg says,

”Look at those faces,” he said, pointing to a group in jeans and T-shirts. ”At the networks, some of them would be ‘gofers.’ Here they’re directors, producers, they’re in charge.”

It’s true again today, only now it’s also true in cable TV too. Or, as my friend Mississippi Fred McDowell once said, “Here we are again, doin’ that same ole thing.”

Look around Next New Networks, and everywhere else in the internets too.

You can read the whole article here, here, or below. [Read more…]

Neglecting David.

February 22nd, 2008

David Karp in Page 6 Magazine

I’ve been neglecting our friend engineer/inventor/entrepeneur David Karp, the builder, designer, and inspiration of Channel Frederator. Over the last year he’s gone from a low profile developer-for-hire to very high geek profile for his innovative invention of the mainstream tumblelog, micro-blogging platform, Tumblr. The hot New York Post gossip rag Page 6 paid attention a few weeks ago with this article on NYC’s New Wunderkinds. Read their take on David here.

Tumblr shares space with Frederator/East and we’re always thrilled to have his fairy dust rubbing off on us all.

What a job!

February 22nd, 2008

Eric Robles’ job, that is. Mine too. My phone snapped this shot in Eric’s Fanboy office in Burbank the other day. What a great place to visit.

Large Obama.

February 22nd, 2008

Big OBAMA Hope

People who don’t support Obama wish they did once they see this wonderful poster by Shepard Fairey. They’ve been coveting this poster since it’s limited edition of 600 sold out within hours from Fairey’s Obey Giant site. Yesterday a friend asked me if I could help him land one, and I insisted there was a large size file somewhere on the internet to make a copy. Wrong!

So, with the help of my colleague Scott Moschella and Vector Magic I made a somewhat funky, slightly smaller file, fit for full poster reproduction. Enjoy, no matter who you support.

Damian Farrell & Joanne Roboz

February 13th, 2008

Eric had his Irish studio visit and I had mine. Caboom produces animation, live action, TV, film, commercials, digital…they *produce*. Creative Director/owner (and animator) Damian Farrell and producer Joanne Roboz stopped by during Kidscreen to show us “A Beary Bootiful World” (bootifully design by the wonderful Anna Chambers) and some of their other projects. (They left a DVD, but I couldn’t rip it properly to show you.)

Thanks to Caboom for kind permission to show their artwork.

Scott Nash, Nancy Gibson-Nash, & Dave Schlafman

February 13th, 2008

The Uh-Ohs

Scott Nash has been one of my great friends and closest colleagues for over 25 years, though I don’t think we’ve actually done anything together for at least 15. He not only illustrates and writes books, consults on graphic design, teaches, and produces animation and movies, Scott (and Tom Corey) designed the Nickelodeon logo for my agency.

Scott stopped by with Nancy and Dave to catch up and fill us in on his animated project The Uh-Ohs.

Be Mine

Scott’s been hiding his wife from me for 25 years, so I was thrilled to finally meet the talented Nancy Gibson-Nash, a collage artist. She’s quite lovely, so of course Scott kept her out of sight.

By Dave Schlafman

Dave Schlafman is an independent filmmaker designing and directing a great project with Scott, The Uh-Ohs, and he dropped in on Eric at Frederator/West a couple of weeks ago. Dave was working at Soup 2 Nuts when he and Scott met.

It was great seeing everyone, especially Nancy. (Oh OK, it was awesome hanging with Scott and Dave too.)

Trevor Romaine & Woody Englander

February 13th, 2008

trevor

My friend Sid Kaufman introduced us to Trevor Romaine and Woody Englander from the Trevor Romaine Company in Austin, Texas. Trevor’s the only kid’s stand up comedian, and he “promotes social and emotional fitness for kids” through his performances and videos. Thanks for coming by guys.

David Cowles

February 13th, 2008

Fred by David Cowles

David Cowles has long been a personal favorite illustrator, but unitl Sally Anne Syberg called to bring him over (from Rochester, NY) I had no idea he also did animation. It was great meeting him (and seeing Sally again) to get the down low on his ideas for series.

David’s such a great artist I thought I’d only pull out his best illustration and point you to the rest.

Frederator postcard series 6.30

February 11th, 2008

Mailed out the week of February 11, 2008.


Frederator Postcards Series 1, 1998
Frederator Postcards Series 2, 1999
Frederator Postcards Series 3, 2000
Frederator Postcards Series 4, 2003
Frederator Postcards Series 5, 2004-2005
Frederator Postcards Series 6, 2007-2008

Busy week at Frederator.

February 11th, 2008

KS

Every year Kidscreen Magazine puts on it’s international summit in New York, the only North American meeting of everyone around the world who’s in the kids’ media biz. TV, movies, licensing, games. You name it, they’re here.

Our calendar’s filled with folks from the UK, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, Portland, Atlanta, and Rochester. I’ll try and fill you in on some of the details throughout the week.