Channel Frederator Network

Channel Frederator Network
Industry Media, Technology and Entertainment
Predecessor Frederator Studios and Next New Networks
Founded November 2012 (2012-11)
Founder Fred Seibert
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Number of locations
Manhattan & Burbank
Key people
  • Matt Gielen (Programming & Audience Development)
  • Carrie Miller (Channel Management)
  • Nate Olson (Marketing & Licensing)
  • Jake Krengel (Programming)
  • Fred Pustay (Finance & E-commerce)
  • Channel Frederator
  • Fredbot

The Channel Frederator Network is an American animation Multi Channel Network (MCN) founded by Fred Seibert and managed by Frederator Networks.[1]

In 2012, Frederator Studios began producing television-quality cartoons for the Internet as part of the $100 Million YouTube Original Channel Initiative, and has since produced two successful series and many successful shorts for its YouTube Channel Cartoon Hangover, including Pendleton Ward’s “Bravest Warriors” and Natasha Allegri’s “Bee and PuppyCat”.[2] As of September 2014, Channel Frederator Network has generated more than one billion views, and averages more than 60 million video views a month, across its network of more than 700 channels.[3][4]

Among its leading channels are FilmCow (just under 1 million subscribers), Cartoon Hangover (over 1 million subscribers), and Simon's Cat (just over 2,800,000 subscribers) [4], which is YouTube’s #2 animated channel.[5] Once part of the network, Channel Frederator handles all advertising and distribution for its channels on YouTube, promoting the show and its licensed merchandise; the network also provides on-demand consulting, and weekly events for open to all network members.[6]

Channel Frederator originally launched as the "first cartoon video podcast" on November 2, 2005, distributing episodes through Apple's iTunes onto devices like the Apple iPod and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP).[7] According to the launch press release, Channel Frederator's weekly episodes "will contain several short form original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world, packaged into 10 to 15 minute episodes." Tumblr founder David Karp edited the first week's episodes,[8] created its first website,[9][10] and co-designed the channel logo.[11] The original format was three independently produced animated films separated by Adult Swim-like promos and Channel Frederator logos. Channel Frederator began distributing on the YouTube platform on February 23, 2007.[12]

Parent Company

Channel Frederator is a division of Frederator Networks, started up in 2012 to build a media company that organizes and super serves specialized audiences with online video. In addition to Channel Frederator, the company is Cartoon Hangover, Frederator Books, and Frederator Studios. The studio was originally founded in 1997, known for producing Butch Hartman’s “The Fairly OddParents” for Nickelodeon and Pendleton Ward’s “Adventure Time” for Cartoon Network, among more than 20 other series[13] for cable television and the internet.


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