Fred Seibert makes original cartoons and television networks.
In 1998, Fred Seibert formed Frederator Studios, an independent television production company, and in 2011 founded Frederator Networks to create large scale internet video networks. Seibert is the executive producer of several animated series, including Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, Bee & PuppyCat on Cartoon Hangover, The Fairly Oddparents on Nickelodeon, and is developing animated feature films at Sony Pictures Animation. He is the Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media.
After a successful stint in radio and an award winning career as a record producer, Seibert segued into television as a director of promotions for The Movie Channel in 1980. In 1981 he was asked to help launch a new 24 hour music channel, MTV: Music Television. In 1985, Fred and producing partner Alan Goodman’s relationship with MTV Networks allowed them to preside over the remake of Nickelodeon, bringing the network from worst to first in the ratings within six months, through innovative on-air promotions, a new logo and new animation. Later that year, Seibert and Goodman created and launched the immediately successful Nick-at-Nite for the company.
In 1992, Seibert was named president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. His mandate was to revitalize a studio famous for the creation of such legendary characters as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, and the Jetsons, but which hadn’t created an original cartoon in decades. What A Cartoon!/World Premiere Toons debuted in the fall of 1995 on Cartoon Network with record breaking ratings in prime time. In 1996 the series garnered Hanna-Barbera’s first ever Academy Award nomination (for Courage, the Cowardly Dog) and two prime time Emmy nominations. By 1997, the program could lay claim to having spawned four series based on original cartoons, including the hits The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Johnny Bravo. Today Frederator Studios is continuing its cartoon innovations at Nickelodeon with Oh Yeah! Cartoons!, Random! Cartoons, and Too Cool! Cartoons, cartoon laboratories that have introduced six television series and three feature films.
Frederator Studios stepped ahead once again in 2005, creating the first cartoon network especially for portable digital devices. Channel Frederator Network quickly became the online animation network leader, as the founding network of the leading new media television company Next New Networks, and is now the largest online animation network in the world. In November 2012, Frederator Networks, Seibert’s media division, launched Cartoon Hangover, a YouTube distributed channel with original animated series and shorts. Cartoon Hangover’s Bravest Warriors series quickly became the most watched scripted series in the YouTube’s funded channels project, and Bee & PuppyCat quickly gained enough fans to have the record breaking animation and web series Kickstarter; the series debuted in November 2014.