Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
THE TOWN PANTS INVASION
The weekend before just, was the Miramichi Irish Festival, where loads of insane musicians invade the area rockin out bars and pubs. However one band in particular decided to take their venture to Miramichi a bit further and invade the Fatkat Studio as well.
The Town Pants searched all through the accounting department looking for our secret fatvault, they came up empty. In spite, they rearranged all of our files for us and proceeded downstairs to enhale all the beer in our fridge.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
FOX INKUBATOR PROGRAM
Through "Inkubation," Fox will develop animated projects by starting them as short-form films rather than through traditional script development. From these shorts the department will create additional ones or even begin full program development. The initiative also could introduce digital distribution as part of its plan.
Former "South Park" supervising producer Jennifer Howell has been named senior vice president of animation and will be in charge of the new department. Senior VP of Production Marci Proietto will oversee the department's projects.
Ms. Howell will report to 20th Century Fox Television Co-Chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
Fox's "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill" and "Family Guy" remain among the few staples in prime-time animated series.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
TV's Migration To Internet
By Richard Koman
June 30, 2008 1:54PM
Seth MacFarlane, creator of TV's Family Guy, will create an animation show for Google that will bring in ad revenue by distribution across the Internet. Called Set MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, the MacFarlane-Google deal portends a new model for entertainment that cuts out Hollywood and the TV networks.
In a move that should send "cold chills down the necks of broadcast network executives," Google will unveil this fall an Internet-only animation show from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
The new program, to be released in September, is called Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, and it will appear exclusively on the Internet. But it won't be exclusive to Google. Rather, the search giant will exploit its AdSense advertising network to distribute MacFarlane's work across thousands of Web sites that attract the kinds of audiences likely to be interested in the show -- in a word, young audiences.
"The Internet is on track to become the dominant way video will eventually be distributed, and with it will come the ability for content Relevant Products/Services creators like Mr. MacFarlane to take his shows directly to the customer and reap the benefits directly, without sharing any of his profits with traditional broadcasters," said Tim Bajarin, principal analyst with Creative Strategies, in an e-mail.
Cutting Hollywood Out
Unlike previous Internet efforts to enter the entertainment business -- notably former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel's many agreements with Hollywood studios -- Google's deal cuts out the movie studios and television networks that have to date controlled top-quality content.
By going directly to a creative leader with an established reputation and a built-in audience comfortable with computers, Google is defining a future of entertainment that doesn't include the age-old "suits," producers and moneymen. Entertainment Hollywood-style could be replaced by Silicon Valley project managers.
The New York Times reports that the MacFarlane program will run as 50 two-minute episodes (possibly the optimum viewing time for the Internet), supported by a range of advertising formats, including "preroll" ads that run before the program, banner ads and text messages. MacFarlane describes the episodes as "animated versions of the one-frame cartoons you might see in The New Yorker, only edgier."
MacFarlane will get a cut of the advertising revenue, as well as the ability to animate online commercials for substantial fees. The show is unique in Internet circles because it will be produced with a million-dollar budget -- not the typical six-figure budgets for Internet programming. That's possible because of the involvement of Media Rights Capital, a production company with the ability to invest $400 million a year in content production.
"We believe the revenue could be formidable," Karl Austen, a lawyer who worked on the deal, told the Times. "What is exciting is that this is a way to monetize the Internet immediately. Instead of creating a Web site and hoping Seth's fans find it, we are going to push the content to where people are already at."
Another benefit for MacFarlane: Internet programming is not governed by the Federal Communications Commission, which has strictly penalized broadcasters in recent years. MacFarlane told the Times that the public wants more raunchy humor and television networks are being stymied by the "taste police."
"I just felt I could be a lot more honest on the Internet," he said.
Given that younger users are increasingly online, that the Net is free from FCC oversight, and that Google's model charges advertisers only when their messages are viewed, "PCs and digital set-top boxes will become the front end for delivering interactive media of all types to the living room," Bajarin said. "Companies like Google are bound to become the major networks of this new century."
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
When the clock strikes 6, I'll try catch my forty. If my son doesn't wake me, I'll sleep a good 5 or 6 hours, waking at noon. Take an hour to give the boys a scrub, grab some lunch, play with Gavin, give the wife a kiss, go to town, get a hair cut and then meet the suits at the studio for 2pm.
and uhm, why am I telling you this? Well, it's so you know of course.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008
For now, I'll keep going, I only have a few days left before I'm off traveling again, so I'll be looking for a few Fatkats to help me animate this thing. Hit me up on messenger if you're willing, I can pay $23/second. I'll post more stills soon.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
RATINGS ARE IN FROM NICKELODEON!
The premiere of Three Delivery on Friday at 730p “was one of the highest rated” original series premiere “ever” .
The show rated very well with Kids 6-11, and also with Girls 6-11. It beat the average time slot for that period from the past month, and it rated higher than its lead in show.
It was the highest rated Nicktoons original premiere with Girls. It also did very well with Tweens9-14.Allan likes what he hears! YUM!
And Now for some Guitar Hero!
FROM THE OFFICE OF MR.BANKS
- Search the internet for "free stuff." You'll find Web sites that index online freebies from manufacturers and retailers.
Arrive at rummage sales, garage sales, flea markets, farmers markets and library book sales an hour before closing to find drastically reduced prices or freebies.
- Shop the nurseries at jumbo retailers in the autumn. Some stores give away dormant perennials (if they don't know better) that will re-bloom in the spring.
- Become a mystery shopper or participate in survey groups to get free meals, products or services and, possibly, even a paycheck. Search online to find opportunities in your area.
- Attend the grand opening of new stores for free samples and giveaways. Many stores take a loss in freebies on their first day to attract customers.
- Go on factory tours. You'll often get free samples of whatever the factory makes, be it ice cream, tortillas or peanut butter.
- Call customer service if you have a legitimate complaint on an item. You may get a replacement product, plus freebies to keep you happy.
- When making a large purchase, such as a computer, sofa or big-screen TV, ask the salesperson, "What else will I get if I buy this here?" You may discover rebates, offers and giveaways.
- Volunteer for concerts, athletic events and other fundraisers for charities and nonprofits. You'll find plenty of free food, T-shirts and products donated by corporate sponsors.
- Get free diapers, formula mix and baby food by disclosing your address to third parties when you register for baby gifts or sign up for new parent services.
- Listen to radio stations that give away tickets and other prizes to listeners. Use speed-dial and multiple lines to better your chances when you call in.