Fred Seibert


Ex-Rovio animation chief Dorra launches new prodco

Former Rovio Entertainment animation boss Nick Dorra has launched his own Helsinki-based production studio. Haruworks has debuted after what Dorra (pictured) described as a “successful round of funding” from unnamed investors. Dorra has formed an advisory board including children’s entertainment experts such as Fred Seibert, Cake co-founder Tom van Waveren, eOne Family’s Nick Gawne and […]

Bell takes Wow stake in equity swap deal

Canada’s Bell Media has taken a 12% stake in compatriot kids company Wow! Unlimited Media as part of an equity swap agreement. The deal sees Wow acquiring a Category B specialty network licence from Bell in exchange for an equity stake worth C$6.87 million (US$5.64 million). This will see Wow launching a branded linear network […]

Rainmaker buys Frederator, EH to form WOW!

Canada’s Rainmaker Entertainment has acquired kids companies Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, paying a total of C$22.2 million (US$16.2 million) to create a combined company. Once the ‘arms-length’ mergers are complete, the combined Rainmaker, Frederator and EH will become WOW! Unlimited Media. This Toronto-based firm will have a newly formed board and a reorganised […]

YouTube, Seibert set for Junior@MIPTV

The second Junior@MIPTV event on Tuesday, April 14, will feature YouTube’s global head of family and learning and animation veteran Fred Seibert. Malik Ducard, who is overseeing the launch of the YouTube Kids app, will appear at the event’s Future of Kids TV Summit. Seibert, the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons will also appear alongside […]

Ex-News Corp chief Miller invests in Wildseed

Former News Corp digital chief Jon Miller and Frederator Networks president Fred Seibert have invested in Miles Bullough’s OTT incubation company. This has enabled Wildseed Studios, which former Aardman Animation TV chief Bullough launched alongside ex-BBC Children’s executive Jesse Cleverly, to create a pair of new YouTube channels. Wildseed Comedy and Wildseed Sci-Fi are now […]

Sony to fund Frederator toon shorts

Sony Pictures Animation will fund 12 short animated programmes that will go out via the Channel Frederator YouTube network. SPA, part of Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with Fred Seibert’s Cartoon Hangover channel to create GO! Cartoons. The platform will act as an incubator that SPA will use to unearth new animation talent. Of the […]