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New York, New York, a helluva town.

February 21st, 2010

New York skyline
Photograph by Arun Sundar

“New York is a city that’s not going to tell you no. It’s only you who can tell you when you have to go home and go to bed. So unless you have a great sense of personal responsibility, you can get lost here. It’s not just the usual sex and drugs, etc. You can be so swamped by the amount of cultural material. Where does your art end? How do define this? Are you going off on some wacky side road?” –Lenny Kaye

I’m notorious for telling animators to move from New York (where I live) to Los Angeles (where the cartoon business lives). But as I read this quote from Tony Fletcher’s fabulous All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 it occurred to me that the life I’ve led could only happen because of New York.

ChalkZone creator Bill Burnett summed up my work life when he wrote in my biography that I’ve lived five lives (so far). And, for sure, four of those five lives (not the cartoon one) could have only happened to someone like me in New York City. I came to town to become a chemist, but it was New York that told me it was OK to become a record producer. Or a television executive in the then new media of cable television. Or starting up a new internet media company. And all of the other “wacky side roads” I got on, sometimes for good, sometimes not. This town throws everything at you, all at once, and it tells you it’s possible for you to be part of it, to thrive at it, to catch it by the tail.

What a place. Or, as I quoted to a friend recently who was trying to figure out whether to move here from Los Angeles, “New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice)”.

Randy Astle @ the red couch.

February 20th, 2010

Randy Astle @ the red couch.

Last week, writer and filmmaker Randy Astle stopped by Frederator/NY from his home in upper Manhattan to get acquainted. It’s always great meeting new talent right in our own backyard. Thanks for stopping by Randy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2010

Apartnership!
"FanboyFriend" Title Card
ChalkZone presents The Crush
Humiliation 101

Joe Murray @ The Coffee Bean.

February 6th, 2010

Joe MurrayIt’s kind of hard to believe that I’d never met Joe Murray, creator of Rocko’s Modern Life and Camp Lazlo, but there you go. Our friend Khaki Jones put us together yesterday and we started getting to know each other at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in beautiful downtown Burbank. It was a great first step because, at least for me, a conversation is usually the first step to figuring out work to do together. Nice meeting you Joe (and thanks Khaki).

The last of Series 8, Black & White.

February 5th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 8.15
Frederator Postcard Series 8.15, mailed February 5, 2010   

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More Frederator Postcards: Series 1-8, 1998-2010