Dean Ann Kirschner, Albie Hecht, and the students of the Macaulay New Media Lab hosted a conversation with Fred Seibert, Founder and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios and Adventure Time and David Karp, Founder and CEO of Tumblr on Wednesday, December 5 at Macaulay Honors College. Dean Kirschner tweeted throughout the evening, commenting that “Tumblr could have only happened in NYC. Fred Siebert is inspirational.”
Fred Seibert has helped develop and launch some of the most successful industry franchises such as MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. As president of Hanna-Barbera, he helped revitalize a studio famous for such legendary characters as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, and Jonny Quest. His work with the Cartoon Network garnered both Academy and Emmy Award nominations. He also develops animated feature films for Sony Pictures Animation and Paramount Pictures. He is the award-winning founder of Frederator Studios, an independent television production company (the company behind Adventure Time). He is also the founder of Channel Frederator (which was the first cartoon network designed especially for portable digital devices), Cartoon Central on the Internet, and the Creative Director of Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube Google in 2011).
Tumblr founder David Karp was born and raised in New York City, attending the Bronx High School Science before dropping out at age 15. An internship at Frederator Studios led to a gig at UrbanBaby. When CNET acquired the company in 2005, Karp started his own development agency, Davidville. In 2007 his team launched Tumblr, now the home and platform for more than 70 million creators. As a top 15 US network, Tumblr serves an audience of more than 145 million people worldwide.
Albie Hecht is the founding director of Macaulay’s New Media Lab. He is the former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment and SpikeTV, where he oversaw the development and production of many hit television shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and UFC Franchise as well as co-created and executive-produced the Kids Choice Awards. In addition, he has produced several box-office successes including Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Rugrats Movie and the Academy Award nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Albie is the founder and former CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a creator of original transmedia content for Nickelodeon, Disney Interactive and Miniclip. Recently, he was inducted into the CableFAX 2013 Program Hall of Fame. Albie is the newly appointed executive vice president and general manager of HLN. He also founded Shine Global, a nonprofit film production company dedicated to ending child exploitation through the creation of films and other media, which produced the Emmy winning, Academy Award nominated film War/Dance and Oscar-winning documentary short Inocente.
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