Never Compete in the Scrum. Want a Long Career? Zig When Everyone Else Zags.
Fred Seibert is the king of downplay. He will be the first to tell you he doesn’t have a ton of skills—that his success is just something that happened to him and wasn’t the result of any calculated plan.
But Seibert can afford the humility, because his work often precedes him. Chances are, if you’ve watched television in the past 20 years, you’ve seen Seibert’s work. The MTV logo? Seibert. Nickelodeon in the late ‘90s? Also Seibert. Nick-at-Nite? Powerpuff Girls? Dextor’s Laboratory? Adventure Time? Seibert had a hand in them all.
The man also has a knack for picking talent, recognizing potential in unproven animators like Pendleton Ward, as well as investing early in Tumblr founder David Karp (where Seibert sat on the company’s board and was one of its first investors, a good place to be for a company that sold to Yahoo! for $1.1 billion).
Now Seibert is diving head first into online-only distribution with his animation studio Frederator, where he’s brewing up his very own House of Cards equivalent to spearhead a new era of animation. We spoke to Seibert in his mid-town Manhattan offices about how he seeks out collaborators, and how he keeps pushing himself into new territory, decades into his career.
Illustration by Stanley Chow.
You didn’t think I’d forgotten, did you?
(I’m not making any promises. But this is occasionally fun to go back and doodle on at night)
Working the night before a deadline.
"Andrew! Andrew are you chewing?"
"….yeah well I hope you brought enough for everyone, spit it out."
That feeling when the tumblr app shows you a half second glimpse of a really interesting post before moving your timeline to the top and it doesn’t matter how much you scroll you will NEVER find it again.
WordGirl credits! Since folks have been posting these to Facebook, might as well post them here too. (disclaimer: These are screenshotted from the PBSKids website version, no internal resources were used in creating this tumblr post.)
But yeah! First aired episode of WordGirl series 7, (season 5 by PBS’s numbering)
Please help me fill in the list of tumblrs in case other folks have some I don’t know about yet!
Hm I suspect mrneilesq is Neil Tenczar there in the animation credits too. ANYONE ELSE?