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Chauncey Street Productions, Inc.
|Founded||January 6, 1997|
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|Owner||Wow Unlimited Media|
|Parent||Frederator Networks, Inc.|
Frederator Studios is an American animation television production studio which is a division of Frederator Networks, Inc. and founded by Fred Seibert in 1997 with its first series launching in 1998. The studio focuses primarily on artists who write their own shorts, series, and movies. Their slogan is "Original Cartoons since 1998." The studio has locations in New York City, where Frederator Digital is based, and Burbank, California.
On October 26, 2016, Frederator Networks, Inc. created a merger with Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment and Ezrin Hirsh, Inc. (partners are producers Bob Ezrin and Michael Hirsh of Nelvana) to form Wow Unlimited Media.
1983 - 2012
Before Frederator, in 1983, Fred Seibert founded Fred/Alan, Inc. in New York City with his college friend Alan Goodman; in 1988, Fred/Alan partnered with Albie Hecht in Chauncey Street Productions to produce television programs for Nickelodeon, MTV, A&E, and CBS. Seibert became the president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1992, and created What a Cartoon!, a showcase consisting of 48 shorts that aired on Cartoon Network. In 1996, when Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting (owner of Hanna-Barbera), he left the studio. Frederator Incorporated was formed in January 1997 (its first cartoons were released in 1998), and was housed at a temporary location of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, in North Hollywood, California. Frederator's debut production was the cartoon short incubator, a television series called Oh Yeah! Cartoons, which later spun off three series: The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot, in addition to 51 original short cartoons by a group of creators including the first films by creators like Butch Hartman, Rob Renzetti, Tim Biskup, Larry Huber, Pat Ventura, Seth MacFarlane, and Carlos Ramos. Oh Yeah! Cartoons was based on Seibert's What a Cartoon! series of shorts from Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Cartoon Network, which brought Hanna-Barbera its first hit series in 10 years, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Frederator has produced a total of 16 television series, and over 200 miniseries, including webisodes. As of 2013[update], the company was in a producing partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and YouTube.
In 2002, Frederator created a joint venture for preschoolers named Bolder Media with producer Susan Miller's Mixed Media Group, Inc. and produced their first preschool series created by Bob Boyle for Nick Jr., Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!.
Frederator Studios created a television series and competition The Nicktoons Film Festival (now known as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival) for the Nicktoons Network, which debuted October 24, 2004.
In 2004, David Karp interned at Frederator Studios at its first Manhattan location, and built their first blogging platform. In 2007, he launched Tumblr from a rented desk at Frederator Studios' Park Avenue South offices, with chief engineer Marco Arment. Seibert was one of Tumblr's first bloggers.
On November 1, 2005, Frederator launched what it called "the first cartoon podcast." Named Channel Frederator by David Karp (who also structured and edited the initial episodes), this weekly animation network features submitted films from around the world, and quickly became one of the top video podcasts on Apple Inc.'s iTunes. In quick succession, The Wubbcast was launched for pre-schoolers in January 2006, and ReFrederator featuring vintage public domain cartoons in April 2006. Channel Frederator became the model for Seibert's media company Next New Networks and reaches almost 4,000,000 video views monthly.
On June 25, 2007 Variety article announced the studio had formed Frederator Films, dedicated to creating animated feature films budgeted under $20 million. Frederator's first feature is set up at Paramount Pictures, co-produced with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. They have also set up their first two animated features in a first look production arrangement for Sony Pictures Animation.
The studio produced its first original internet cartoons with independent animator Dan Meth. The Meth Minute 39 launched on September 5, 2007, featuring 39 of Meth's original character shorts. (The first cartoon was "Internet People," a video on the viral video sites YouTube and MySpaceTV that featured some popular Internet memes and internet people.) A spin-off, Nite Fite, debuted in October 2008. These series have totaled over 35,000,000 video views to date.
Random! Cartoons, the latest Frederator series of short cartoon series, began airing on Nicktoons in 2009; it spawned two TV series, Fanboy & Chum Chum and Adventure Time, as well as the web series, Bravest Warriors.
2012 - present
Frederator announced its new YouTube funded channel and adult production label, Cartoon Hangover in February 2012. At launch, Frederator produced three animated series for the channel: Bravest Warriors, created by Pendleton Ward; SuperFuckers, created by James Kochalka; and Too Cool! Cartoons, an incubator featuring content from different animators. Bravest Warriors premiered on November 8, 2012 and SuperFuckers premiered on November 30, 2012.
In July 2013 as part of Too Cool! Cartoons Cartoon Hangover premiered the first part of the 10-minute short film, Bee and PuppyCat created by Natasha Allegri. Due to its popularity, in November 2013 Frederator launched a Kickstarter to fund a first season of the series, which was successful and raised $872,133 toward more episodes of the show. The project was the most funded animation and web series Kickstarter at the conclusion, and the fourth most-funded Film/Video project.
In 2013, Frederator launched a digital-only ebook company, Frederator Books. Frederator Books published its first title, "The Lieography of Babe Ruth" in March 2013.
In 2014, Frederator announced the launch of The Channel Frederator Network, a Multi Channel Network (MCN) of independently-owned animation channels on YouTube. Since its start, Channel Frederator Network has generated more than one billion views, and averages more than 30 million views a month, across its network of more than 200 channels. Some of its leading channels are FilmCow (just over 1 million subscribers), Cartoon Hangover (over 1 million subscribers), and Simon's Cat (over 2,800,000 subscribers), which is YouTube's #2 animated channel. Once part of the network, Frederator handles all advertising and distribution for its channels on YouTube, promoting the show and its licensed merchandise.
In January 2019, it was reported that 40% of its employees have been laid off.
Frederator Films is an animation studio founded by Fred Seibert as part of Frederator Studios, with producers Kevin Kolde and Eric Gardner on June 25, 2007. The studio's goal is to create animated genre features. They planned to release two films a year, but since announcing their first films in 2007, have yet to release their first film.
- Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998–2001) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Billionfold, Inc)
- ChalkZone (2002–2008) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003–2009) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (2006–2010) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009–2012) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- Nicktoons Film Festival (2004–2009) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- Random! Cartoons (2008–2009) (with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- Ape Escape (2009)
For Cartoon Network:
- Adventure Time (2010–2018) (co-produced with Cartoon Network Studios)
- Bravest Warriors (2017–present) (Produced by Nelvana Limited in Canada in association with Frederator)
For Global Broadcast:
- Rocket Dog (TBA)
- Castlevania (2017–present) (co-produced with Powerhouse Animation Studios, Shankar Animation, Project 51 Productions and Mua Film)
For HBO Max
- Adventure Time: Distant Lands (2020) (co-produced with Cartoon Network Studios)
- The Meth Minute 39 (September 5, 2007)
- Cartoon Conspiracy (April 24, 2014)
- Bravest Warriors (November 8, 2012)
- SuperF*ckers (November 30, 2012)
- Too Cool! Cartoons (April 4, 2013)
- Bee and PuppyCat (November 6, 2014)
- GO! Cartoons (November 7, 2017)
Too Cool! Cartoons
- Our New Electrical Morals created by Mike Rosenthal (April 4, 2013)
- Rocket Dog created by Mel Roach (May 2, 2013)
- Ace Discovery created by Tom Gran and Martin Woolley (May 30, 2013)
- Bee and PuppyCat (Part 1 July 11, 2013, Part 2 August 7, 2013)
- Doctor Lollipop created by Kelly Martin (September 12, 2013)
- Chainsaw Richard created by Chris Reineman (July 17, 2014)
- Dead End (June 26, 2014)
- Manly created by Jesse Moynihan and Justin Moynihan (July 31, 2014)
- SpaceBear created by Andy Helms (August 14, 2014)
- Blackford Manor created by Jiwook Kim (August 28, 2014)
- The Summoning created by Elyse Castro (November 7, 2017)
- Boots: created by Alison & David Cowles (November 21, 2017)
- City Dwellers: created by Grant Kolton (December 5, 2017)
- Rachel and Her Grandfather Control the Island: created by Jonni Phillips (December 19, 2017)
- Nebulous: created by Brent Sievers (January 2, 2018)
- Welcome to Doozy: created by Kate Tsang & Jennifer Cho Suhr (January 16, 2018)
- Both Brothers: created by Juris Lisovs (January 30, 2018)
- The Bagheads: created by D.R. Beitzel (February 13, 2018)
- Tyler & Co.: created by Gabe Janisz (February 27, 2018)
- Kid Arthur: created by Joel Veitch & David Shute (March 13, 2018)
- Thrashin’ USA: created by Rory Panagotopulos (March 27, 2018)
- Pottyhorse: created by Damien Barchowsky & Jeff Drake (April 17, 2018)
- Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure (2002, produced in 2000, co-production with Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
- The Electric Piper (2003, produced in 2000)
- Abra-Catastrophe! (2003)
- Channel Chasers (2004)
- The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour (2004/2006, co-production with O Entertainment and DNA Productions, crossover three-part special with The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius)
- Escape from Cluster Prime (2005)
- Wubbzy's Big Movie! (2008, co-production with Bolder Media, Film Roman and Starz Media)
- Wubb Idol (2009, co-production with Bolder Media, Film Roman and Starz Media)
- Wishology (2009)
- A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011, co-production with Billionfold, Inc. and Pacific Bay Entertainment)
- A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012, co-production with Billionfold, Inc. and Pacific Bay Entertainment)
- A Fairly Odd Summer (2014, co-production with Billionfold, Inc. and Pacific Bay Entertainment)
Complete Shorts Filmography
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- "Who are we?". Frederator Studios. Frederator Networks. Retrieved June 22, 2018.[self-published source]
- "About Us". Frederator Studios. Frederator Networks. Retrieved June 22, 2018.[self-published source]
- Wolfe, Jennifer (October 26, 2016). "Rainmaker Entertainment Acquires Frederator, Rebranding As WOW!". Animation World Network. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- Seibert, Fred. "Frederator begins". Tumblr (Blog). Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- Seibert, Fred (September 6, 2010). "The Frederator Launch, 1997". Discus (Blog). Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- "Who are we?". Frederator: Frederator Loves You. Frederator Studios. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Frederator Studios Blog". 2006-04-19. Archived from the original on 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Karp, David; Alexandria, Julie (May 27, 2008). David Karp and Tumblr (Video). Wallstrip. Event occurs at 1:30. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
Sometime in 2006, we had a couple of weeks between contracts and said 'Let's see what we can do, let's see if we can built this thing', and we threw together the first working version of Tumblr.
- ""Tumblr: David Karp's $800 Million Art Project" Forbes, January 2, 2013". Forbes.com. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
- "Frederator Studios Blogs | Fred Seibert's Blog | Killing them softly". archives.frederatorblogs.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Welcome. Channel Frederator Blog. October 25, 2005.
- McNary, Dave. Toon trio starts Frederator. Variety. Mon, Jun. 25, 2007.
- Mclean, Thomas J. Seibert, Sony Team for Toon Features Animation Magazine. Fri, Sep. 11, 2009.
- Jerry Beck (September 10, 2009). "Sony and Frederator to develop Animated Movies". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "Frederator Launches New Cartoon Hangover Channel". www.animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Cartoon Hangover — To get a Too Cool! greenlight, we'll ultimately..." Cartoon Hangover. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Bee and PuppyCat: The Series". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "'Bee And Puppycat' Raises $872,133, Breaks Kickstarter Record". Tubefilter. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Simon's Cat Has a New Home at Channel Frederator Networks - VideoInk". VideoInk. 2014-02-19. Archived from the original on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2014-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Verrier, By Richard. "Fred Seibert foresees 'next golden age of animation' on Internet". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "YouTube's 'Simon Cat' Finds a New Home". TheWrap. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Lieberman, David (2014-02-19). "YouTube's Channel Frederator Network Forms Animation Pact With 'Simon's Cat'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "StreamDaily » Archive » Simon's Cat joins animation MCN Frederator". streamdaily.tv. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Spangler, Todd (18 February 2016). "Frederator, Anima Estudios Launch Spanish-Language YouTube Animation Network (Exclusive)". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- "Frederator, Animation Studio Behind Castlevania and Adventure Time, Lays Off Staff". www.bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Frederator Films Comes to Life in 2 Dimensions. Forbes. Tues, Jun. 26, 2007.
- "Nelvana Brings First 'Bravest Warriors' Broadcast Season on MIP Quest". www.animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "VRV Heralds 'Bravest Warriors' S4 with Documentary". Animationmagazine.net. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- "Frederator Studios Teams With Studio Moshi To Bring 'Rocket Dog' To TV". Tubefilter. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Amazon orders pair of new originals". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "GO! Cartoons from Sony Pictures Animation & Frederator Studios - Cartoon Hangover". Cartoon Hangover. Retrieved 2018-08-22.