Channel Frederator Network

The Channel Frederator Network is an American animation, video game and pop culture Multi-Channel Network (MCN) founded by cartoon producer and serial media entrepreneur Fred Seibert and managed by Frederator Networks.[2]

Channel Frederator Network
IndustryMedia, Technology and Entertainment
PredecessorFrederator Studios and Next New Networks
FoundedNovember 2012; 10 years ago (2012-11)
FounderFred Seibert
United States
Number of locations
Key people
  • Kenny Ash (Network Director)[1]
  • Channel Frederator
  • Fredbot
Revenue70% (creator)
30% (network)
ParentFrederator Networks

After launching Frederator Studios, Seibert spent a year as president of MTV Networks Online,[3] realizing the potential of streaming video programming and distribution.

In 2005, Seibert founded 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).[4] 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,[5] created its first website,[6][7] and co-designed the channel logo.[8] 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.[9] The channel’s success led to his creation of Next New Networks with Emil Rensing and, eventually, a group of co-founders.[10] Next New Networks invented the concept of the Multi-Channel Network, eventually distributing dozens of creator owned video channels and becoming one of YouTube’s top 5 view contributors. Google and YouTube acquired the company in 2010,[11] with Seibert retaining ownership of Channel Frederator, and subsequently creating Frederator Networks as the parent company.

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 as Too Cool! Cartoons and GO! Cartoons, including Pendleton Ward's Bravest Warriors’’, Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat and Elyse Castro’s “The Summoning.”[12]

In the summer 2014, Seibert launched the Channel Frederator Network as an animation multi-channel network,[13] eventually becoming the largest animation network on YouTube.[14]

Among the network’s leading channels are Jaiden Animations, Domics, FilmCow, Cartoon Hangover, and RebelTaxi. 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.[15]

Parent companyEdit

Channel Frederator is a division of Frederator Networks, which itself is part of the media holding company Wow Unlimited Media.[16] Frederator Networks was founded in 2012 by Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert to build a media company that organizes and super serves specialized audiences with online video. In addition to Channel Frederator and Cartoon Hangover, Frederator Networks also operates Frederator Books, and Frederator Studios, which produced Castlevania for Netflix, among other television series, such as Butch Hartman's The Fairly OddParents for Nickelodeon and Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time for Cartoon Network.


  1. ^ Magazine, Animation (13 September 2018). "Frederator Ups Kenneth Ash to Networks Director, Makes Key Hires". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Simon's Cat Has a New Home at Channel Frederator Networks - VideoInk". VideoInk. Archived from the original on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  3. ^ Richard Katz. "Seibert makes virtual return to MTV roots". Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Frederator Studios (2 November 2005). "Channel Frederator Launches the First Cartoon Podcast". PR Newswire.
  5. ^ "Channel Frederator".
  6. ^ "Channel Frederator". Archived from the original on 2 November 2005.
  7. ^ "Frederator Studios Blogs - Channel Frederator Blog - David Karp from Davidville". Archived from the original on 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  8. ^ "Channel Frederator logo". Flickr - Photo Sharing!.
  9. ^ ChannelFrederator. YouTube.
  10. ^ "nextnewnetworks YouTube channel". October 28, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Claire Cain Miller (March 7, 2011). "YouTube Acquires a Producer of Videos". Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  12. ^ Todd Spangler. "YouTube Animation Network Frederator Pacts with Simon's Cat". Variety.
  13. ^ Bree Brouwer (August 20, 2014). "Channel Frederator Network Adds 200 New Channels To Its Roster". Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  14. ^ "Frederator Postcard Series 43.1". February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  15. ^ "Simon's Cat joins animation MCN Frederator". 19 February 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  16. ^ Etan Vlessing (October 25, 2016). "American, Canadian Animation Digital Studios Merge to Create Wow! Unlimited". Retrieved February 6, 2022.