Join the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 11th 5:30 PM for a lively evening with Fred Seibert, the award-winning television and film producer who served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. While there, he reinvigorated the company’s creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator, What a Cartoon!, and launched a series of animated hits, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and The Powerpuff Girls. Mr. Seibert’s leadership at MTV Networks, Next New Networks, and his Frederator Studios, an independent animation producer based in Burbank, CA, will be discussed.
Masters of Animation: A Special Series:
Meet the masters of animation during this exciting series of talks with the field’s most accomplished visionaries. A reception will follow each program. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fred Seibert speaks at MoCCA with Joe Strike on Thursday March 15, 2012 from 7 – 9pm.
Admission: $7 / FREE to MoCCA Members
If one man can be credited with resuscitating American commercial animation from its near-death experience in the ’80s and ’90s, the credit would have to go to Fred Seibert. After putting MTV on the map with a series of unforgettable, no-two-alike animated ID spots, he took over the creatively exhausted Hanna-Barbera studio and engineered a turnaround that brought some of the country’s most innovative young animators to its doors. Their creations – The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo and others – put Cartoon Network on the map. Moving onto an association with Nickelodeon, Fred midwifed second batch of creator-driven cartoons including Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Fanboy and Chum Chum and The Fairly Oddparents; Frederator Studios’ latest series, the surreal Adventure Time with Finn and Jake is a major Cartoon Network success.
On March 15th Fred sits down with animation journalist Joe Strike for the latest in Joe’s “Interview with an Animator” conversation series. Fred will share the secrets of his success, offer his perspective on the current state of TV cartoons and what the toons of tomorrow might look like.
Joe Strike has written about animation for The Daily News, Newsday, New York Press and is a regular contributor to the entertainment industry website Animation World Network (awn.com). He has taught Mass Communications at St. John’s University in New York City, scripted for the Nickelodeon series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, adapted anime scripts into English and worked on the children’s TV series The Great Space Coasterand Pee-wee’s Playhouse. As Senior Producer of the Sci-Fi Channel’s promotion department, Joe created programming featuring celebrities like Stan Lee, animator Ralph Bakshi and the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, (btwn. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012