Two leading purveyors of adult-targeted digital and TV animation have joined forces, with Mondo Media (Happy Tree Friends, Deep Space 69, Dick Figures) and Six Point Harness (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Drawn Together the Movie, Dick Figures: The Movie) announcing their merger has been finalized. Plans for the unification began late last year.
The newly formed company will keep the Mondo Media name, going by simply “Mondo” for its consumer-facing activities such as digital and broadcast series distribution. The Six Point Harness brand will be used for its studio and production services. The company will be based in L.A., where it recently opened a 16,000 sq. ft. studio in Echo Park. Mondo will also retain its San Francisco office.
Mondo Media founder John Evershed will serve as CEO, and Six Point Harness founder Brendan Burch will assume the dual roles of Mondo Media’s Chief Creative Officer and President of Six Point Harness, and will join Mondo Media’s board of directors. As part of the merger, Third Wave Digital – investors in AwesomenessTV, MiTu, Tastemade, Stylehaul and Vessel – has invested in Mondo Media, and its managing partner, Allen DeBevoise, will continue to serve on the company’s board.
“Adult animation is a large, wide-open global video category, and our merger gives us the capacity to firmly establish the Mondo brand across multiple platforms,” said Evershed. “‘Superfan’ content like animation is in high demand on the digital platforms, and our large online audience and high quality make our shows attractive to traditional buyers.”
“The 6PH team brings 13 years of experience developing and producing hundreds of hours of TV and feature-length animation; the access to emerging and seasoned writing and animation talent; and relationships with the networks and studios. We believe you really have to have a foot in both traditional and digital to succeed in the emerging entertainment ecosystem,” added Burch.
Mondo Media produces original animated content for digital (online, mobile and VOD platforms), TV and film, and holds a distribution library of 40-plus hours. The company also operates the most-viewed animation channel on YouTube (over 3 billion views). Its current development slate includes a new cable TV series, an R-rated feature-length animated comedy for a major studio, and resuming active production on several of its most popular YouTube series.
The merger of Mondo Media and Six Point Harness as an all-stock merger, which officially closed in late 2015. Both companies are privately held, and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.