Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert has launched Channel Frederator, the world's first cartoon video podcast created expressly for distribution of world-class content on portable video devices, such as the Apple iPod and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Episodes released weekly will contain several shorts from original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world, packaged into 10- to 15-minute episodes by the Channel Frederator programming team.
The first episode features four cartoons, beginning with BARRISTA, a 2D student film by Pendelton Ward (buenothebear.com), a director now completing his first Nickelodeon animated short. This will be followed up by Santa Monica-based Blur Studio's (blur.com) computer-generated short, IN THE ROUGH. Independent filmmaker and musician Eileen Brennan (2nimbus.com) adds the Flash production, GO SPY GO. The last cartoon in Episode #1 is Dave Thomas' Flash film, MANTELOPE, from San Francisco-based Wild Brain (wildbrain.com).
Previews began on Oct. 28, 2005, and the first episode is already #1 on Apple's Arts & Entertainment Podcast Directory (and #17 overall out of all the podcasts in the world); with more than 10,000 downloads as of Oct. 31.
Seibert is exec producer of six hit series on Nickelodeon Networks, including its number one show, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Prior to forming Frederator Studios, Seibert was president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, where he innovated the return of cartoons to the television mainstream, producing more than 100 shorts that spun off now legendary series like DEXTER'S LABORATORY, JOHNNY BRAVO, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS and COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG.
Fueled by Seiberts relationships with hundreds of the world's top animated filmmakers since 1998, Channel Frederator is an innovative distribution platform for cartoons and the place to see character-based shorts created in all styles, including traditional 2D, Flash, CGI and clay animation.
Channel Frederator was imagined and created by David Karp, and designed by Annie Chiu, principals of interactive developer Davidville.
For a free subscription to the Channel Frederator podcast, go to the iTunes Podcast Directory and search for Channel Frederator, or go to the website www.channelfrederator.com and click 'Subscribe.'
"Every venture at our studio begins with the talent and the film, said Seibert. And video podcasting is their next evolution: cartoons on demand for free, ready for viewing anywhere you take them."
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 will be in your pocket."
Filmmakers wishing to submit their films for future episodes on Channel Frederator should go to www.channelfrederator.com/submit.