Following the unveiling of Apple’s video iPod, Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert has announced the launch of Channel Frederator, a video podcast that will distribute animated content on portable video devices such as the iPod and Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP). Released weekly, the ten- to 15-minute episodes will contain original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world.
The first Channel Frederator episode features four submitted cartoons beginning with Barrista, a 2D student film by Pendelton Ward, who is in the process of completing his first Nickelodeon animated short. Also included are Blur Studio’s CG short In the Rough, Independent filmmaker Eileen Brennan’s Flash production Go Spy Go and Wild Brain’s Flash film Mantelope, from former SCTV player Dave Thomas (Strange Brew).
Seibert, who serves as president of Channel Seibert, is the exec producer of six hit Nickelodeon series including The Fairly Oddparents. Prior to forming Frederator Studios, he served as president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, where he produced more than 100 shorts that spawned such series as Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The PowerPuff Girls and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
"Every venture at our studio begins with the talent and the film, and video podcasting is their next evolution: cartoons on demand for free, ready for viewing anywhere you take them," says Seibert. Eric Homan, Channel Frederator’s president of programming, adds, "It’s always been our goal to showcase some of today’s funniest and most original talent. Podcasting is a fantastic way to get cartoons from some of the most spectacular filmmakers on earth in your pocket."
Channel Frederator was conceived by David Karp, and designed by Annie Chiu, principals of interactive developer Davidville. Cartoon producers from around the world are invited to submit short films for inclusion in weekly episodes. Free subscriptions to the podcast service can be obtained by searching for Channel Frederator in the iTunes podcast directory at www.apple.com or by visiting www.channelfrederator.com.