Press Release from 6 Point Media
Hollywood – (June 08, 2011) – 6 Point Media’s enormously talented directorial duo, Zack Keller and Ed Skudder, have launched Season 2 of their extremely popular, animated web series: “Dick Figures.” Produced by Six Point Harness and distributed by Mondo Media, the series has had over 17 million views on YouTube to date.
To view the new episodes: http://www.youtube.com/show/dickfigures?s=2
“We love our fans and thank them and Six Point for all their support in Season 1,” says Keller. “To prepare for Season 2, we decided to take an ancient anthropology class and learned that the oldest recorded joke is a fart joke from 2000BC.” “Our new motto is, ‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it,’” adds Skudder.
Comments Aaron Simpson of Mondo Media “Collectively, Ed and Zack possess the ability to write, direct, animate, voice and even score a project – all while making it pass-it-around funny. It’s becoming all too obvious that they have their finger on the pulse of the social media generation.”
“Dick Figures” is the brain baby of Skudder, who writes, directs and voices the shows along with creative partner Keller. They met while attending the University of Southern California’s Film School and by sheer destiny ended up working together at animation studio Six Point Harness. “Dick Figures” was based on a short Ed animated about two stick figures, Red and Blue. It was done as his contribution to an internal development project at the studio. Six Point’s Director of Development, Chapman Maddox, saw the short and “...after I stopped laughing, I knew immediately that this strange, unique voice would be perfect for the web.” Explains Maddox “We found in Mondo Media an amazing partner that shared our vision and developed the show into a series of shorts. Working with Ed and Zack has been like tapping into a weird awesomely fun portal of creativity."
6 Point Media’s EP John Andrews represents Zack and Ed as directors in the advertising/branded content space. Andrews was introduced to the duo earlier this year. “When I saw their accumulated body of work and the range of styles it embraced, I knew they were a natural for commercial work in animation, live action, puppets and beyond!” concludes Andrews. “Great thinkers, hard workers and super talents.” Under Andrews’s creative direction, the duo has just landed their first spot. It’s for a major global brand and airs later this summer.
Bios: Zack Keller & Ed Skudder:Zack Keller and Ed Skudder, a writing and directing duo based in Los Angeles, work in-house at Six Point Harness and are represented for commercials/branded content by 6 Point Media. After the duo graduated from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Zack spent three years at Pixar Animation Studios working as an editor on such films as “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” and “Up” while Ed worked as a freelance animator creating content for commercials, music videos and television. Zack and Ed direct both live-action and animation on a wide range of projects for such notable clients as Microsoft, Lexus and The Jim Henson Company. They recently created, wrote and directed the original, animated web series “Dick Figures.” Currently, the two are focused on commercial work and creating hilarious new episodes for Season 2 of “Dick Figures.” In their spare time, Zack and Ed push forward on their first animated feature film, “The Inventors,” now in production with Solipsist Films.
6 Point Media:Earlier this year, led by CEO Brendan Burch, Six Point Harness joined forces with Executive Producer John Andrews to form newly launched venture: 6 Point Media. The 6 Point Media’s talent roster includes the slate of directors Andrews brings with him from the recently shuttered ka-chew! as well as top in-house directing and design talent at Six Point Harness and hand-selected signings by Burch and Andrews of both seasoned and emerging directors. 6 Point Media is focused on commercials and branded content in animation, live-action and design, across all platforms. www.6pointmedia.com
Six Point Harness:Six Point Harness is the well-known Hollywood-based animation studio with a focus on animated comedy for adults. The studio’s output includes such projects as the recent DVD feature version of Comedy Central's “Drawn Together”, MTV's series “Where My Dog's At”, the hit web series “Dick Figures” (more than 17 million total views to date) and the controversial "Read A Book" video for BET (many millions of views on-line). The team at Six Point Harness is currently in production on Playtone’s web series “Electric City” created by Tom Hanks and the forthcoming MTV series Good Vibes. www.sixpointharness.com
MONDO MEDIA, INC.Mondo Media owns and operates Mondo Mini Shows, the most-viewed animation channel on YouTube, a top 10 iTunes video podcast, and a growing syndication network of over 150 sites. Happy Tree Friends, the company’s breakout hit, is viewed on TV in over 50 markets worldwide and is recognized as the most-viewed web series of all time with over 2 billion video views since its launch in 2000. The company’s revenue is derived from a blend of online ad revenue, television licensing and merchandise. Mondo Media is a privately owned company based in San Francisco, CA. www.mondomedia.com