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Frederator Postcard Series 8.5, mailed October 30, 2009
We’ve shown you guys the Frederator Films logo (designed by animator Floyd Bishop), but this is the first time anyone else will see it.
More Frederator postcards:
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
Frederator Postcards Series 7, 2008-2009
Frederator Postcards Series 8, 2009-2010
Frederator Postcards Non-series
Movies might be a new market for Frederator, but –
There aren’t too many animated movies released each year.
The popular ones are almost all made by the major studios with their in-house animated units; they’re usually produced for over $100,000,000.
Money follows conventional wisdom in the movies business. Understandable.
Our approach to making animated films has never followed conventional wisdom.
(More to come.)
Eric, Kevin and I went over the Casa Butch at Nickelodeon Studios where Butch Hartman told us a little about some of the movies he’s been developing. Thanks Butch.
Without belaboring the obvious, Frederator’s an animated film producer –a non-writing/creating producer– and producers need to produce to keep their doors open. The films we’ve made to date are primarily cartoons for television and specifically, animated series for kids. We’d like to make adult series (actually we have, twice, with The Meth Minute 39, and Nite Fite), but it’s expensive for a small company like ours to develop, and there just aren’t that many adult series that are bought each year. We could go out of business, like many others have, if we concentrated on adult series.
So, we’ve done OK for ourselves by developing and selling kid series to cable networks. For 12 years Frederator was an exclusive, independent producer (parodox alert) for Nickelodeon, and now we’re “first look” at Nickelodeon, and we’ve sold our first series in many years to Cartoon Network. The problem for Frederator, as an independent is that the cable networks don’t really like dealing with production companies (Disney Channel will not make a deal with a non-creator producer at all), and ironically, the more successful we are in television, the less likely we are to sell a future series. Hmmm, guess we need to find more markets to produce for.
International television is a natural option, but truthfully, Frederator’s got absolutely no advantages when it comes to the world markets. And, as most of you know, and I mentioned above, Frederator’s been innovating on the internet for a few years now, but there’s no business model to keep our bills paid yet. (Yet.)
OK, so movies are a potential market for Frederator where we might be able to produce films. Might.
(More to come.)
Frederator Films logo designed by Floyd Bishop
It occurred to me today that since we first announced Frederator Films I haven’t been as forthcoming as I’ve tried to be with everything else around here. So I’m going to try to start being a little more active and let you all know what’s what on our quest for the movies.
(More to come.)
Lots of you know how much we admire Genndy Tartakovsky. He created Dexter’s Laboratory, the first series to come out of our first shorts program, before breathing life into The Powerpuff Girls and Clone Wars. And, of course, creating and directing the semial Samurai Jack. I’d always felt it would make an awesome movie, and thanks to the good graces of the folks at Cartoon Network, who saw clear to letting it into our careful hands, that awesome feature film might have a chance of seeing the light of day.
It’ll be written, directed, and creatively overseen by Genndy in glorious, un-PC, 2D.
Doug TenNapel has been a powerful creative force in comics, videogames, and TV series, and Kevin Kolde, always the videogame fan, introduced us to the creative opportunities in Doug’s innovative (“wacky and quirky animation”) back-to-the-future claymation game The Neverhood.
Doug will be writing and directing.
Dan Meth wrote a post about the movie he’s writing and directing based on the Seven Deadly Sins. What we hadn’t mentioned is the involvement of the inimitable Don King. In the year Dan’s been associated with Frederator he’s seen the release of his first big YouTube hit, and the first festival recognition of one of his productions. Seven Deadly Sins will be his first feature.
Our logo’s been designed by Floyd Bishop though I’ve been too busy to get back to him to finish it and even to negotiate a fair price. Of course, he’s been busy having a new baby in his family and moving cross country. Please don’t mention it to him.
That’s it for now. It’s an honor that these world-class creative people would be interested in working with our company. I hope we can live up to their expectations. We’ll be posting more information as we’ve got it for you.
Frederator Films Comes to Life in 2 Dimensions
FRED SEIBERT AND Producers KOLDE AND GARDNER OPEN FILM DIVISION; ANNOUNCE FIRST THREE FILMS IN PRODUCTION SLATE
LOS ANGELES, June 26 /PRNewswire/ — Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert announced plans today to launch Frederator Films, an animated feature film company with a mission to produce 2-D animated genre movies budgeted below $20 million. Seibert is launching the company with Kevin Kolde and Eric Gardner, with all three acting as producers on the projects.
Frederator Films has over a dozen projects on its initial development slate, the first three of which were announced today, each representing a different genre:
– A feature based on Samurai Jack, with original creator Genndy Tartakovsky attached to write and direct. The seminal, Emmy-Award winning, animated TV series aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 until 2004. The Russian-born American animator is also renowned for the series Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars.
– The Neverhood, a film based on the cult favorite claymation PC-based computer adventure game created by Doug TenNapel and released by Dreamworks Studios in 1996. TenNapel has signed on to write and direct the feature length film, which will be painstakingly shot in Claymation. TenNapel is an Eisner award-winning graphic novelist, has created a number of computer and video games including Earthworm Jim and Skullmonkeys, and the animated series Earthworm Jim and “Catscratch” for Nickelodeon.
– The Seven Deadly Sins is a hip-hop animated feature. The film will be written, designed, and directed by flash animator Dan Meth. Renowned personality and boxing promoter Don King is the first voice actor attached to the project.
Production on the first film, Seven Deadly Sins, is expected to commence in the fall of 2007. Frederator plans to produce two films a year.
Principal production will be located in Hollywood and New York.
“Our studio’s successes have been built on the best creative talents in the animation business. Genndy Tartakovsky, Doug TenNapel, and Dan Meth are continuing a tradition of original cartoons we began in 1998 and moving it
into feature films,” explains Seibert.
Gardner added, “Fred is the master at identifying voids in the
marketplace and filling them with paradigm-shifting content– there has been a dearth of both 2D and genre animated feature product which Frederator Films will be rectifying, much to the delight of young males everywhere.”
Frederator Films’ producers each bring a unique range of capabilities and experience to the company. Fred Seibert, the former president of Hanna-Barbera and the original creative director of MTV, opened Frederator Studios in 1998, an independent American animation studio producing original cartoons. Seibert’s debut production for Cartoon Network was What A Cartoon!, which spun off a number of hit series including Cow & Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Powerpuff Girls. Moving to Nickelodeon, he continued his streak with The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot. Kevin Kolde is a veteran producer who ran Spumco, John Kricfalusi’s (”Ren & Stimpy”) company, for over a decade. Gardner is Chairman/CEO of Panacea Entertainment, a talent management and production company he founded 36 years ago, repping such diverse clients as Donny Osmond, Richard Belzer, Paul Shaffer, The Sex Pistols, Elvira, Timothy Leary, and members of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and The Who. He has produced over 100 hours of televsion and several features.
SOURCE Frederator Films