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Animated NFT ‘Blockchain Buddies’ Launches

Confidential Creative and NC Labs have partnered on a first of its kind interactive animation project; NFT holding community members will be able to shape the project’s creative universe.

Confidential Creative and NC Labs have teamed up to produce an animated NFT project called Blockchain Buddies, the first in a line of original intellectual properties under a soon to be announced decentralized entertainment studio. The project will be a first of its kind interactive animated project, with NFT holding community members empowered to shape the future of the creative universe.

The project is led by Confidential Creative co-founders Andrew Seth Cohen and Ryan Kieffer and NC Labs co-founders Francisco Lopes, Harrison Shulman, and Francisco Schmidberger. Other launch partners include lead developer João Abrantes, writer Brandon F. Johnson, and entertainment lawyer Jason Liberman. Advisors on the project also include NFT influencers and analysts, including iAmFuture, Preston Johnson (aka SportsCheetah formerly of ESPN and co-creator of PUNKS Comic), and members of The Last Slice collective.

As part of the announcement, the Blockchain Buddies team shared its first piece of concept art, showing the world of Genesis City where characters and other kinds of IP will live. Designed by YueTong Tsen, the piece will also be later auctioned off as a 1/1 NFT. The project launches with a discord channel led by veteran moderator Peachy.

Additional details on the project will be released on social media via Twitter @BCB_NFT and discord, join here with an incentive structure for reveals. To start, the first character design illustration, done by Ashton Holmes, will be revealed as newcomers join the Blockchain Buddies Discord community. Additional reveals and updates will be forthcoming as the community grows--with giveaways, competitions, live events and more to come.

NC Labs co-founders Francisco Lopes and Harrison Shulman previously created the first NFT marketplace with legal licensing and patent-pending smart contracts. Lopes is also the co-founder of LINK Agency, a TikTok-focused marketing firm that has generated over 3 billion organic impressions for its clients, while Shulman previously led go-to-market strategies for Sony PlayStation while a consultant at EY.

Cohen and Kieffer started Confidential Creative in 2018 as a creative agency and production company specializing in animation. Positioned at the intersection of the music, television, video game, eSports, and film industries, the company develops, produces, and promotes strategic animated content. Current and past clients include Journey; Maroon 5; NBCUniversal; Peacock Kids/DreamWorks TV; Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series; Interscope Records; P. Diddy’s Revolt TV; A&E/History Channel; eSports teams SK Gaming and Alliance; Kesha; Louis the Child; Brownies & Lemonade; and lovelytheband. Their core team of artists come from across the world, which gives their content international flavor and maximizes its impact.

Cohen and Kieffer are also known for their work with BEAR NFT, a full service NFT agency and Metavere PR and event production company, that they co-founded with Blake Berlinger and Joseph Schwartz. BEAR NFT spearheaded the first ever multi-artist live performance music and arts festival in Decentraland, “TO THE MOON,” which drew over 700 attendees in early July 2021 and featured performances and curated NFTs by Ookay, Win and Woo, Autograf, SNBRN, Fred Thurst (as Dr. Fresch). They also recently organized the premiere Decentraland Halloween party and concert, “NFTS ARE DEAD,” which drew over 1,000 attendees and featured a custom Hell-themed venue build and horror maze designed in conjunction with The Last Slice. BEAR NFT also handled marketing and press promotion for Banquet Labs’ noted Apollo 11-themed virtual activation in Decetraland, produced in partnership with the Aldrin Family Foundation, which featured the launch of a new spaced themed-fashion brand, including virtual wearables, by noted fashion designer Nick Graham.

Additional information on the Blockchain Buddies project can be found on Confidential Creative website or discord. Regular updates and announcements are on social media, on Twitter at @BCB_NFT.

Source: Confidential Creative