|Years active 1975–present|
Education Columbia University
|Name Fred Seibert|
Website Official website
|Full Name Frederick Seibert|
Born September 15, 1951 (age 64) (1951-09-15) Manhattan, New York City, US
Occupation Television producer, media & technology entrepreneur
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-format Animation
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More)
Organizations founded Frederator Studios, Channel Frederator Network, Bolder Media, Frederator Films
Movies and TV shows Oh Yeah! Cartoons, Random! Cartoons, What a Cartoon!, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Shorty McShorts' Shorts
Similar People Pendleton Ward, Butch Hartman, Bob Boyle, Rob Renzetti, Patrick McHale
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Frederick Seibert (born September 15, 1951) is an American serial entrepreneur and American television and film producer. He owns Frederator Networks, Inc. and Frederator Studios. Seibert has held leading positions with MTV Networks, Hanna-Barbera, and Next New Networks, and is an angel investor in several technology and media start-ups. He has produced live action and animated programs for cable television, and the internet, and began his professional career as a jazz and blues record producer.
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- Episode 26 Fred Seibert Nick Animation Podcast
- Early career
- Cable television
- Animated cartoons
- Internet and video
- Feature films
Episode 26: Fred Seibert | Nick Animation Podcast
Seibert began his media career in college radio at Columbia University's WKCR-FM in 1969. While at Columbia he started his first company, Oblivion Records with partner Tom Pomposello, releasing LP's by Mississippi Fred McDowell (Live in New York) and Joe Lee Wilson. Simultaneously, he produced several dozen jazz and blues albums for independent companies such as Muse Records, JCOA Records (Jazz Composer's Orchestra), and Birth Records (owned by instrumentalist/composer Gunter Hampel). Seibert was an early employee of New Music Distribution Service, a non-profit distributor of musician owned record company started by composers Carla Bley and Michael Mantler, before going on the road with Bley's big band as sound engineer and road manager. A late 1970s stint with media promotion innovator Dale Pon at New York's WHN radio, Seibert began his work at MTV Networks in 1980
Seibert was MTV's first creative director and guided its original voice and visual identity, creating hundreds of promotions, advertisements, and station IDs for the channel, and responsible for a rethinking of how television channels promoted themselves as "brands." He also commissioned and approved the mutating MTV logo, despite network executives objections to a logo that did not remain constant. He led the team that developed "I Want My MTV!", one of the most famous advertising campaigns of the late 20th century.
In 1985, with partner Alan Goodman at Fred/Alan Inc., Seibert successfully overhauled the then-floundering children's cable channel Nickelodeon, moving it from worst to first in the ratings in six months.
Seibert continued involvement with the cable TV industry for several years. He was employed by Turner Broadcasting as the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, then as a consultant for almost 15 years at MTV Networks, and as a producer of several animated series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
From 1992 until 1996, as the last president of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio, Seibert was able to reinvigorate the company's creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator What a Cartoon!. Modeled on the Golden Age of mid-20th century cartoons, the 48 short films from creators around the world, Hanna-Barbera was able to launch seven hit series after a dry spell since the launch of the Smurfs in 1981 for NBC. The shows included Genndy Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory, David Feiss' Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel, Van Partible's Johnny Bravo, John R. Dilworth's Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Craig McCraken's The Powerpuff Girls.
After Ted Turner included Hanna-Barbera's in Turner Broadcasting's 1996 sale to Time Warner Seibert established Frederator Studios as an independent animation producer based in Burbank, California.
Frederator has established itself as a major American independent with several series on Nickelodeon (like Butch Hartman's The Fairly OddParents), Cartoon Network (Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time), and Cartoon Hangover (Pendleton Ward's Bravest Warriors and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat).
Frederator has also produced the Internet programs Channel Frederator, Cartoon Hangover, and Next New Networks.
After starting Frederator Studios in 1997, Seibert brought together a group of investors in a failed attempt to save the troubled underground/alternative comics publisher Kitchen Sink Press.
Internet and video
In March 1999, MTV Networks CEO Tom Freston tapped Seibert to become the first president of the new MTV Networks Online, soon to split into MTV Interactive (The MTVi Group) and Nick.com.
Building on this new media success, in 2007 Seibert conceived and founded Next New Networks (with Emil Rensing, Herb Scannell, Tim Shey, and Jed Simmons), the leading online television company, with over 2 billion all time video views and over 200 million views every month (as of 2010). Along with their affiliated Indy Mogul, Barely Political, Channel Frederator and several other networks, the company's superdistribution has allowed it to become among the most widely distributed video in the world, and to become YouTube's top professional content provider. By the end of 2010, Next New Networks had the globe's top two videos viewed on YouTube. In March 2011, Next New Networks was acquired by YouTube.
In 2004 David Karp interned at Frederator Studios at its first New York City location, and built the company's first blogging platform. In 2007 he launched Tumblr from a rented desk at Frederator Studios' Park Avenue South offices, with chief engineer Marco Arment. Seibert was one of Tumblr's first bloggers, an angel investor in the company, and served on its board before its acquisition.
On February 21, 2012, Fred Seibert launched Cartoon Hangover, a channel on YouTube which consists of various animated shorts and series. Cartoon Hangover gained a much larger audience with the revival of Bravest Warriors by Pendleton Ward on November 8, 2012 which originally aired as a pilot on Fred Seibert's Random! Cartoons on Nicktoons Network in 2009. In 2014, Channel Frederator was revived as a multi-channel network focused entirely on animation, signing one of YouTube's biggest animation channels, Simon's Cat. By September 2014, the network was distributing 688 channels, with over 65 million monthly views and 10.5 million subscribers.
Seibert and his Frederator Networks partnered with John Borthwick and Betaworks; Jonathan Miller, Jason Ostheimer, Shari Redstone; and entrepreneur Yoel Flohr to form Thirty Labs in 2014, a startup studio based in New York City that develops and invests in video based technology businesses Seibert is CEO and Flohr, COO.
In June 2007, Fred Seibert founded Frederator Films to produce animated feature films. They are currently in pre-production on Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack with co-producer J. J. Abrams and have set up their first two animated features in a first look production arrangement for Sony Pictures Animation.