Back when Fred Seibert launched Channel Frederator, he took advantage of the privilege afforded to start-ups and rarely paid filmmakers for their work. Then, Seibert sold Channel Frederator’s parent company, Next New Networks, for tens of millions of dollars to YouTube last year so it worked out pretty well for everybodyâ€¦or maybe it just worked out for Fred, but who’s keeping score?
Seibert is back. This time he’s signed a deal with YouTube to create one of its new entertainment channels, which we reported earlier this month. The channel, Cartoon Hangover, bills itself as “Too Stupid/Super/Funny for TV.” Seibert is using Google’s money this time so presumably he’s paying the first three filmmakers who are producing regular content for the channel: Mel Roach, Elliot Cowan and Lacey Micallef. Their animated fragments will be accompanied by longer-form content in the near future: Bravest Warriors by Adventure Time creator Pen Ward, and Superf*ckers by comic artist James Kochalka.
Here’s an example of each of the three micro-series currently on Cartoon Hangover: