After last week announcing his departure from Noodlesoup Prods., the animation studio he founded, Jeff Nodelman has landed a new gig. The award-winning director and animator has been hired on as creative director in charge of animation for New York City-based The Creative Group, a company that specializes in graphics packages for TV.
At The Creative Croup, Nodelman will set up an animation division to develop, produce and market projects for film, television and home entertainment. Up first is Nate the Great, a half-hour PBS series scheduled to go into production next year. The Creative Group also gives Nodelman a venue to develop his own original properties.
As president and creative director of Noodlesoup Prods., Nodelman served as supervising producer on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim staple, The Venture Bros., and supervised animation sequences for the films Duplex (2003) and My Bay’s Daddy (2004). He said he left Noodlesoup to pursue his own creative endeavors, and is apparently leaving the door open to collaborate with his former studio on upcoming projects.
Noodlesoup Prods. is currently at work on 13 half-hours comprising the second season of The Venture Bros., as well as four shorts for Cartoon Network’s new shorts program, Sunday Pants. The studio is also collaborating with MSN on “Music Man,” a new application that translates chat text into original live music played by an animated band in the activities window during a chat session.