Frederator puts new shows in development
Wow Unlimited’s Frederator Networks continues to grow its roster of animated content by announcing a large production slate of shows. Founded by Fred Seibert in 1997, the company’s responsible for some of the biggest cartoon hits, including Adventure Time and The Fairly Odd Parents. In 2016, the company merged with Rainmaker Entertainment and Ezrin Hirsh to form Wow Unlimited.
Frederator Studios is developing Catlantis, which is based on the acclaimed children’s book of the same name by Russian author Anna Starobinets. The upcoming cartoon will be story edited by Brydie Lee-Kennedy (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors). Catlantis follows Baguette, a loafing house cat, who must travel back through time to complete a true hero’s task in order to marry the love of his life and restore peace to the ancient fabled city of Catlantis. Frederator Studios is currently looking for a distribution partner for Catlantis.
Frederator Studios and Recursion Media are also working with award-winning author Faith Erin Hicks to develop an animated series based on her The Nameless City graphic novels (header image). Frederator Studios is also actively developing Manly by Jesse and Justin Moynihan, based on a short film from Frederator’s Too Cool! Cartoons incubator series.
The company is also developing new creators through their series, GO! Cartoons, a co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, which is just finishing its release on Frederator Digital’s Cartoon Hangover channels. GO! Cartoons brings promising talent and animated content to the attention of Sony Pictures Animation through an alternative development method. Frederator Studios’ development team took hundreds of pitches, and with Sony Pictures Animation, identified twelve short film projects which Sony Pictures Animation funded. GO! Cartoons was then released on Frederator Digital’s Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube (with over 3 million views and counting) and on Cartoon Hangover Select on VRV. At least one of those short projects will become a series for the Cartoon Hangover channel.
Frederator Digital programs many online channels and produces original cartoons. Several new, original cartoon mini-series have been released recently for its Cartoon Hangover Select channel on the VRV platform from Ellation. Shadowstone Park from Jason Steele (Charlie the Unicorn) premiered in December 2017. Slug Riot from Mike Rosenthal released in January 2018. (not)Hero, the debut show from Liz Chun premiered in February 2018 with Cris P Duck from creator Ralph Kidson arriving in March 2018. Frederator Digital’s trio of YouTube channels, including Cartoon Hangover, pop culture focused Channel Frederator, and video game-centric The Leaderboard, garners over 30 Million views a month. Frederator Digital also manages a YouTube network of over 3000 artist and animation channels.
Sister company Mainframe Studios recently announced two new shows as well.