Seib­ert Reaches Out to North­ern Stars

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FFred­er­a­tor and WOW! ex­pand plans for Cana­dian Con­tent

red Seib­ert, who is best known as the pro­ducer of hit shows such as The Fairly Od­dPar­ents, Ad­ven­ture Time and Bravest War­riors and the founder and CEO of the popular Fred­er­a­tor Network, is on the look­out for fresh Cana­dian ta­lent. The toon ti­tan, who is also the CCO of Cana­dian-Amer­i­can stu­dio WOW! Un­lim­ited Me­dia, plans to fea­ture more Cana­dian-grown con­tent to the Fred­er­a­tor Network as its YouTube chan­nel is now one of six on­line des­ti­na­tions sanc­tioned by the Cana­dian Au­dio-Visual Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Of­fice.

“WOW Un­lim­ited has been work­ing with a wide range of top ta­lent in Canada for 20 years,” says Seib­ert. “Fred­er­a­tor Net­works is thrilled to have one of our chan­nels be ap­proved by CAVCO to be able to help even more get their orig­i­nal voices out to the world.”

“What’s ex­cit­ing about this is that Canada has worked in­cred­i­bly hard to build its an­i­ma­tion, but a shop like Fred­er­a­tor has al­ways been kept at a dis­tance be­cause we’re not Cana­dian, so we couldn’t take ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s ta­lent com­mu­nity as well as we’d like to,” Seib­ert adds. “When we started the YouTube network, we were ex­cited about the idea of expanding the ta­lent pool be­yond New York and Los An­ge­les. Also, the Cana­dian tax sys­tem has been of­fer­ing support to the an­i­ma­tion busi­ness for decades, but the le­gal sys­tems have had a hard time keep­ing up with the fast changes in tech­nol­ogy. As a re­sult, peo­ple who worked ex­clu­sively in the dig­i­tal space were left out in the cold. How­ever, the sys­tem has now evolved, and we can now take ad­van­tage of the new rules to work on more projects with our new part­ners in Canada.”

“Adding WOW’s Chan­nel Fred­er­a­tor as an on­line con­tent des­ti­na­tion sup­ports cre­ators of orig­i­nal Cana­dian pro­grams, by pro­vid­ing those pro­grams with direct ac­cess to a broader Cana­dian and global au­di­ence, and Cana­dian pro­duc­ers ac­cess to Cana­dian tax cred­its that support those pro­grams,” notes Michael

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