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Frederator and Studio Moshi to Co-Produce “Rocket Dog” for Television

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FREDERATOR STUDIOS AND STUDIO MOSHI ENTER CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT TO BRING SHORT-FORM ONLINE HIT ROCKET DOG TO TELEVISION

Part of the Frederator’s Too Cool! Cartoons Incubator that also Launched Online Sensation “Bee & PuppyCat,” “Rocket Dog” Becomes Frederator’s First Incubated Series to Be Developed and Primed for International Broadcast Distribution

NEW YORK — (February 24, 2015)—A screwball, rocket-powered dog will soon be visiting a TV screen near you! Frederator Studios and Studio Moshi, one of Australia’s premiere independent design and animation studios, announced today they have entered a co-production agreement to bring popular online short “Rocket Dog” to television globally. The kids TV series, inspired by a 5-minute short created by Australian animator Mel Roach, garnered 1.5 million views since launching on Channel Frederator Network’s Cartoon Hangover in 2013, leading the way for series development. Through the agreement, Frederator Studios will manage TV distribution in North America while Studio Moshi will handle distribution in all other territories. The co-production deal marks the first content from Frederator Studios’ Too Cool! Cartoons incubator, which also birthed hit online series Bee & PuppyCat, to be developed for traditional international broadcast.

Rocket Dog is the classic tale of a boy, his maniacal, rocket-powered dog, and their mayhem-filled adventures. Frederator Studios and Studio Moshi are developing 52 11-minute episodes for season one of the series, targeted to kids ages 6 to 11. Australian Animator Mel Roach was first discovered by Frederator Studios via her wildly popular Tumblr blog which showcases her sketches and highly-original animated gifs. Roach was asked to pitch a short to Frederator for its Too Cool! Cartoons incubator. The rest is history.

The co-produced series marks the first show from the Frederator Studios’ Too Cool! Cartoons incubator to be primed for international television distribution, tying back to the studio’s strategy to increase its global reach through both acquiring and distributing top-notch content. Most recently, Channel Frederator Network, also part of Frederator Inc., acquired the worldwide rights to distribute the English-language version of the celebrated Chilean online animated series Fin Punch. The series debuted on Frederator’s incredibly popular Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel earlier this month.

Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Studios, said, “”It’s a new golden age in animation, when Frederator can discover a world class creator like Mel Roach from an animated GIF, and produce a film with global appeal. And then, to collaborate with a world class partner like Studio Moshi to bring the series to television supports our expansion from TV to the online universe.” ”

Andrew Davies, CEO, Studio Moshi said, “Frederator Studios is a powerhouse in the animation world and we truly see a lot of potential in Mel Roach and her new series Rocket Dog. We are sure that Rocket Dog will have global appeal and we look forward to working with Mel and Frederator to bring it to broadcast.”

Seibert and his team at Frederator Studios are leading the way in online animation—successfully introducing new talent and fresh stories beyond the expected viewing demographics. Cartoon Hangover’s Too Cool! Cartoons incubator is credited with hit series Bee & PuppyCat from Natasha Allegri—which debuted to millions of viewers on Cartoon Hangover late last year and quickly became one of the most popular online animated series in 2014. Building on this strategy, Frederator Studios formed an incubator late last year with SONY Pictures Animation called GO! Cartoons that will fund 12 five-minute animated shorts to premiere on Cartoon Hangover.

About Frederator
Frederator operates Frederator Studios and Frederator Networks. Frederator Studios makes cartoons for television, movies, and the Internet. It was founded by serial media entrepreneur and former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert in 1998 as a unique incubator for big animation ideas by producing original cartoons. More than 200 short films have resulted in 16 hit series for television and the Internet, including Butch Hartman’s The Fairly OddParents on Nickelodeon and Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. Frederator is in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation to develop and produce animated feature films, and with YouTube to create television-quality cartoons on the Internet.
Frederator Networks programs the online channels Channel Frederator and Cartoon Hangover as well as manages the Channel Frederator Network, a YouTube based animation and entertainment multi-channel network. Launched in late 2012, Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover channel includes the hit series Bravest Warriors created by Pendleton Ward, Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat, which has gone to series funded by the biggest animation or web series Kickstarter campaign ever, as well as many new shorts from the world’s future animation superstars. Frederator has offices in Burbank, CA and New York, NY.

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About Studio Moshi
Studio Moshi is one of Australia’s premiere independent design and animation studios, with producers, production management, artists and animators all under one roof. Some of the studio’s productions are The Day My Butt Went Psycho (Season 1& 2), Little Johnny the Movie, Mutant Mania, with development and production partners including Corus, E One, Cake Entertainment, Frederator, Nelvana, Nickelodeon, Moose Toys, Scholastic, Nine Network Australia and ABC Television (Australia). Studio Moshi is Australia’s largest Harmony animation production studio based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information on Studio Moshi: http://www.studiomosh.com

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