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A lot of you probably got introduced to Buckwheat Zydeco* when he played on the very last Late Night with Jimmy Fallon episode (check out the great performance Jimmy and the Roots give with Buck down below), and you found out he’s one of the greats.  Buck is in the last five days of a modest Kickstarter to launch Buckwheat’s World, his YouTube channel. Buck’s team are great Friends of Frederator, so I’m asking you give his KS a close look.  The world’s a happier, two steppin-est place because of Zydeco and Buck. See if you can donate and help make YouTube happier too.  * Zydeco is the wild, joyous dance music of the black Creole people of Southwest Louisiana, and Buckwheat Zydeco is by far its biggest star and leading worldwide ambassador.

March 25, 2014

A lot of you probably got introduced to Buckwheat Zydeco* when he played on the very last Late Night with Jimmy Fallon episode (check out the great performance Jimmy and the Roots give with Buck down below), and you found out he’s one of the greats. 

Buck is in the last five days of a modest Kickstarter to launch Buckwheat’s World, his YouTube channel. Buck’s team are great Friends of Frederator, so I’m asking you give his KS a close look. 

The world’s a happier, two steppin-est place because of Zydeco and Buck. See if you can donate and help make YouTube happier too. 

* Zydeco is the wild, joyous dance music of the black Creole people of Southwest Louisiana, and Buckwheat Zydeco is by far its biggest star and leading worldwide ambassador.

There no real way for me to describe the films of R.G. Miller, so I’ll let Justin Johnson and Erik Beck do it for you.  Some of my friends already know Justin and Erik well, but for everyone else… These guys worked with me at Next New Networks for several years as completely amazing self taught filmmakers (see Indy Mogul on YouTube, and FilmFights.com), went to work for YouTube when we sold our company, and left soon after when they realized that working for The Man was not for them.  While they moved to Hollywood, these two guys didn’t want the Steven Spielbergian dream of Dawson’s Creek. They’re true American individualists.  And to that end, you really should look at their Kickstarter. You’ll see what I mean. These guys have found a real American character and made a film about him. Support them, you’ll want to see the movie. 

March 17, 2014

There no real way for me to describe the films of R.G. Miller, so I’ll let Justin Johnson and Erik Beck do it for you. 

Some of my friends already know Justin and Erik well, but for everyone else… These guys worked with me at Next New Networks for several years as completely amazing self taught filmmakers (see Indy Mogul on YouTube, and FilmFights.com), went to work for YouTube when we sold our company, and left soon after when they realized that working for The Man was not for them. 

While they moved to Hollywood, these two guys didn’t want the Steven Spielbergian dream of Dawson’s Creek. They’re true American individualists. 

And to that end, you really should look at their Kickstarter. You’ll see what I mean. These guys have found a real American character and made a film about him. Support them, you’ll want to see the movie. 

channelfrederator: Jason Steele’s FilmCow is part of the Channel Frederator Network but I didn’t hold that against his new project and donated to the Kickstarter anyhow. You should too. -Fred

November 7, 2013

channelfrederator:

Jason Steele’s FilmCow is part of the Channel Frederator Network but I didn’t hold that against his new project and donated to the Kickstarter anyhow. You should too. -Fred

Chris Reccardi is one of the mainstays of modern cartoons (you love all the shows he’s worked on). We first crossed paths when he was on Cow & Chicken, a series I developed in the 90s.  His Kickstarter is a book of absurdist illustrations, Affirmations for Pessimists. You’ll love it. Support it. 

February 5, 2013

Chris Reccardi is one of the mainstays of modern cartoons (you love all the shows he’s worked on). We first crossed paths when he was on Cow & Chicken, a series I developed in the 90s. 

His Kickstarter is a book of absurdist illustrations, Affirmations for Pessimists. You’ll love it. Support it. 

I like posters way too much. Thank goodness I’m too old or too lazy or too busy to use ‘The One And Only Gig Poster Kit’ from from DIY Print Shop.  (Thanks via OMG Posters)

January 14, 2013

I like posters way too much. Thank goodness I’m too old or too lazy or too busy to use ‘The One And Only Gig Poster Kit’ from from DIY Print Shop. 
(Thanks via OMG Posters)

I like posters way too much. Thank goodness I’m too old or too lazy or too busy to use The One And Only Gig Poster Kit from from DIY Print Shop

(Thanks via OMG Posters)

The Improved YouTube is Here:  We are excited to announce an improved YouTube, one you helped us build! The new site design will help you build a bigger, more connected audience by improving new channel discovery, simplifying subscriptions, and keeping your fans plugged in and aware of your new videos no matter where they are. Click here to learn more. So, what does this improved YouTube mean for you as a creator?  Here are the key changes: The subscription Guide is now everywhere, and it showcases your channel activity to your fans All the video information and engagement are consolidated below the video player, helping your video take center stage on the viewing page We are making it easier to subscribe with enhanced channel recommendations.   Check out this one-pager for more information. Alandha Scott, Content Creator Communications Lead  (via YouTube Creator Blog)

December 6, 2012

The Improved YouTube is Here

We are excited to announce an improved YouTube, one you helped us build! The new site design will help you build a bigger, more connected audience by improving new channel discovery, simplifying subscriptions, and keeping your fans plugged in and aware of your new videos no matter where they are. Click here to learn more.

So, what does this improved YouTube mean for you as a creator?  Here are the key changes:

  • The subscription Guide is now everywhere, and it showcases your channel activity to your fans
  • All the video information and engagement are consolidated below the video player, helping your video take center stage on the viewing page
  • We are making it easier to subscribe with enhanced channel recommendations.  

Check out this one-pager for more information.

Alandha Scott, Content Creator Communications Lead 

(via YouTube Creator Blog)

Update! The new YouTube Creator Playbook (Version 3)  My buddies and always smart former colleagues at the YouTube Next Lab —Vanessa Pappas, Ryan Nugent, and Andres Palmiter— have updated the (completely downloadable) critical resource for anyone that wants to create a truly successful YouTube channel. The YouTube Creator Playbook (download it here) was originally written as a “secret” document of best practices for the select channels distributed by Next New Networks. We collected all our good and bad experiences, and those of our closest associates and competitors, as to how to program, promote, and produce independent channels in the new online environment. It was pretty successful (one of our channels’ upped their video performance by hundreds of millions views) and the wise heads at YouTube decided to make it available to literally everyone in the world who’s online. The Playbook is still a kind of underground hit. I mean, it’s readily available to anyone, but I’m guessing there are thousands of channels trying to find loyal viewers who have no idea that it’s there and that it could help them. The writing’s kind of dry, but well worth the time. Here are some of the newest highlights from this Version 3:   The ‘Channel-ification’ of YouTube If you’re a creator interested in building a successful channel on YouTube, you’ve got to think beyond just getting one big hit. You need to think about how you can build a cohesive channel experience for your audience. Channel strategy (and the ability to drive subscriptions) will be critical to your success on YouTube.  New Sections:  • Captivate Your Audience: Hook your viewer from the start, and keep them watching longer. • Channel Experience: Create a channel experience around your videos to increase watch-time on your channel’s content. • Maintaining the Channel Feed: Maintain an active feed that keeps your audience engaged without overwhelming them. • Paid Promotion: Create promotional videos and use YouTube promotional tools to build a loyal audience. New Features Throughout this version of the Creator Playbook, we’ve incorporated new features that have recently launched: • YouTube Analytics Annotations Report • YouTube Analytics Watch-time Report • Hangouts on Air • In-video Programming  • Metadata Defaults  • Playlist Interstitial Creator • Playlist Start and End Times • Channel Posts • Video Enhancements • Associated Websites

November 30, 2012

Update! The new YouTube Creator Playbook (Version 3) 
My buddies and always smart former colleagues at the YouTube Next Lab —Vanessa Pappas, Ryan Nugent, and Andres Palmiter— have updated the (completely downloadable) critical resource for anyone that wants to create a truly successful YouTube channel.
The YouTube Creator Playbook (download it here) was originally written as a “secret” document of best practices for the select channels distributed by Next New Networks. We collected all our good and bad experiences, and those of our closest associates and competitors, as to how to program, promote, and produce independent channels in the new online environment. It was pretty successful (one of our channels’ upped their video performance by hundreds of millions views) and the wise heads at YouTube decided to make it available to literally everyone in the world who’s online.
The Playbook is still a kind of underground hit. I mean, it’s readily available to anyone, but I’m guessing there are thousands of channels trying to find loyal viewers who have no idea that it’s there and that it could help them. The writing’s kind of dry, but well worth the time.
Here are some of the newest highlights from this Version 3:  
The ‘Channel-ification’ of YouTube
If you’re a creator interested in building a successful channel on YouTube, you’ve got to think beyond just getting one big hit. You need to think about how you can build a cohesive channel experience for your audience. Channel strategy (and the ability to drive subscriptions) will be critical to your success on YouTube. 
New Sections: 
•  Captivate Your Audience: Hook your viewer from the start, and keep them watching longer.
• Channel Experience: Create a channel experience around your videos to increase watch-time on your channel’s content.
•  Maintaining the Channel Feed: Maintain an active feed that keeps your audience engaged without overwhelming them.
•  Paid Promotion: Create promotional videos and use YouTube promotional tools to build a loyal audience.
New Features
Throughout this version of the Creator Playbook, we’ve incorporated new features that have recently launched:
• YouTube Analytics Annotations Report
• YouTube Analytics Watch-time Report
• Hangouts on Air
•  In-video Programming 
•  Metadata Defaults 
•  Playlist Interstitial Creator
•  Playlist Start and End Times
•  Channel Posts
•  Video Enhancements
•  Associated Websites

Update! The new YouTube Creator Playbook (Version 3) 

My buddies and always smart former colleagues at the YouTube Next LabVanessa Pappas, Ryan Nugent, and Andres Palmiter— have updated the (completely downloadable) critical resource for anyone that wants to create a truly successful YouTube channel.

The YouTube Creator Playbook (download it here) was originally written as a “secret” document of best practices for the select channels distributed by Next New Networks. We collected all our good and bad experiences, and those of our closest associates and competitors, as to how to program, promote, and produce independent channels in the new online environment. It was pretty successful (one of our channels’ upped their video performance by hundreds of millions views) and the wise heads at YouTube decided to make it available to literally everyone in the world who’s online.

The Playbook is still a kind of underground hit. I mean, it’s readily available to anyone, but I’m guessing there are thousands of channels trying to find loyal viewers who have no idea that it’s there and that it could help them. The writing’s kind of dry, but well worth the time.

Here are some of the newest highlights from this Version 3:  

The ‘Channel-ification’ of YouTube

If you’re a creator interested in building a successful channel on YouTube, you’ve got to think beyond just getting one big hit. You need to think about how you can build a cohesive channel experience for your audience. Channel strategy (and the ability to drive subscriptions) will be critical to your success on YouTube. 

New Sections: 

Captivate Your Audience: Hook your viewer from the start, and keep them watching longer.

• Channel Experience: Create a channel experience around your videos to increase watch-time on your channel’s content.

Maintaining the Channel Feed: Maintain an active feed that keeps your audience engaged without overwhelming them.

Paid Promotion: Create promotional videos and use YouTube promotional tools to build a loyal audience.

New Features

Throughout this version of the Creator Playbook, we’ve incorporated new features that have recently launched:

 YouTube Analytics Annotations Report

 YouTube Analytics Watch-time Report

 Hangouts on Air

In-video Programming 

Metadata Defaults 

Playlist Interstitial Creator

Playlist Start and End Times

Channel Posts

Video Enhancements

Associated Websites

What an incredible story.  "I saved jazz photography." Last Thursday, my phone rang. On the other end was a young woman who hurriedly began telling me a story, adding that a friend had suggested she contact me. The only words that stuck at the time were “photographs,” “Campbell” and “homeless.” (via JazzWax and Nick Moy)

November 12, 2012

What an incredible story. 

"I saved jazz photography."

Last Thursday, my phone rang. On the other end was a young woman who hurriedly began telling me a story, adding that a friend had suggested she contact me. The only words that stuck at the time were “photographs,” “Campbell” and “homeless.”


(via JazzWax and Nick Moy)

Frederator [hearts] Kickstarter

Doug TenNapel first wowed us with his creation of the Earthworm Jim videogame and TV show. We didn’t know then that he was also a completely awesome artist, storyteller, and filmmaker, but soon he joined Random! Cartoons as one our strongest shorts creators with “Solomon Fix" and "Squirly Town.”  Now Doug’s got a Kickstarter for a hardcover book of the best of his sketchbooks where you’ll see the great, the bad, and the ugly of his work. And, it’s not just drawings, but “a useful tool on how to create characters, worlds and story lines for anything from video games to graphic novels and television shows.” Try it out, you’ll love Doug TenNapel’s sketchbooks.

October 1, 2012

Doug TenNapel first wowed us with his creation of the Earthworm Jim videogame and TV show. We didn’t know then that he was also a completely awesome artist, storyteller, and filmmaker, but soon he joined Random! Cartoons as one our strongest shorts creators with “Solomon Fix" and "Squirly Town.” 

Now Doug’s got a Kickstarter for a hardcover book of the best of his sketchbooks where you’ll see the great, the bad, and the ugly of his work. And, it’s not just drawings, but “a useful tool on how to create characters, worlds and story lines for anything from video games to graphic novels and television shows.”

Try it out, you’ll love Doug TenNapel’s sketchbooks.

Frederator [hearts] Kickstarter

Eileen Brennan McQueen is a long time FOF. Her animated short, Go Spy Go, was featured in the very first episode of Channel Frederator (along with Pendleton Ward’s student short), wrote and illustrated “Dirtball Pete" a book for our Bolder Book project at Random House, and wrote some killer episodes of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! So, what? You think we wouldn’t support her Kickstarter shorts?

September 12, 2012

Eileen Brennan McQueen is a long time FOF. Her animated short, Go Spy Go, was featured in the very first episode of Channel Frederator (along with Pendleton Ward’s student short), wrote and illustrated “Dirtball Pete" a book for our Bolder Book project at Random House, and wrote some killer episodes of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

So, what? You think we wouldn’t support her Kickstarter shorts?

Frederator [hearts] Kickstarter