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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.)

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.

Thanks Moira.

January 4th, 2008

Moira Sica

After a great fall, intern Moira Sica is leaving us to pursue a life in cartoons in Los Angeles. She came our way via friend Roy Langbord and his friend Toby Berlin at Direct TV, and she’s been working hard on a number of Frederator projects, notably The Meth Minute 39.

Moira’s a stone Fairly Oddparents fan, and after graduating from Ithaca College in Animation Design and Production, Frederator was the perfect place for her to get started.

Thanks for all your help Moira, have a great sunny time.

A Marv Newland/Frederator short.

September 29th, 2007

Marv Newland

Writing about filmmaker Marv Newland several times over the past year got us in phone touch for the first time in the 21st Century and spawned a few joint projects I’ll be telling you about sometime.

The first is a short film*, Marv’s (and Frederator’s) natural medium. Over the past six months or so Marv’s been sending us from his trips around the world (the one above’s from Hollywood). And in addition to the obvious –our New York address– there’s a cartoon embedded on the left, animated to a hot 1920’s Joe Venuti soundtrack.

Stay tooned.

*Update: Marv’s film is now officially titled “Postalolio” and will be featured in international film festivals throughout 2009; I’ll post the schedule as it becomes booked.

Jesse Willmon & Julie Ann Pietrangelo.

August 16th, 2007

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I’ve known Jesse Willmon since he was a student at New York’s School of Visual Arts and he showed me his awesome make-your-own-comics site COMMIX. He and one of his creative partners, Julie Ann Pietrangelo, came by to show me one of their cartoon projects. Thanks guys.

Kevin Lofton, Jackie ‘The Joke Man’ Martling, Rohit Sang, Lynn Shaw.

August 6th, 2007

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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.

It’s been a busy day.

June 26th, 2007

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Everyone at Frederator Studios has been busy with shorts, series, and now, movies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Here’s the full release:

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

Joey on the web.

May 29th, 2007

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We’re lucky people; Joey Ahlbm’s starting a blog. Right here, at our place. (Don’t go yet, he won’t be posting until the end of the week.)

I’ve posted about Joey Ahlbum twice before because, aside from the fact we’ve worked together forever, I love his work. A unique graphic stylist, he tells witty stories that make you fall in love with his characters. He’s worked for Sesame Street (short films and Elmo’s World) for several years, directed a season of Clifford’s Puppy Days, and has designed and directed commercials.

I’m thrilled to give Joey his first home on the web, and I’ll let you know when he puts up a stand alone site.

Sammy L’s monster at Random!

May 24th, 2007

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One of our favorite composer’s young sons were at the great screening of Random! Cartoons at ASIFA-East (join!) Tuesday night and we received this picture in the email afterwards (notice the logo print-throughs from our program):

“It’s not that Sammy’s not interested in hearing about pitching, just that he’s interested in the kind of pitching that’s done in pinstripes and can be measured with a radar gun. I’ve attached what he drew to occupy himself during the panel discussion (I particularly like the textual annotations).

“But he loved the toons, and the rest of us (including [his brother] Jacob, who’s going to do two weeks of NY Film Academy this summer) enjoyed the panel as well.”

Ryan Sias.

May 3rd, 2007

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When Ryan Sias came by today to say hello and drop off a copy of his new book he reminded me we hadn’t seen each other since last summer’s Licensing Show. It also reminded me that Ryan was one of the first entries on my blog when he pitched us his cartoon Courageous Critters.