Michael Hirsh, chairman, and CEO of Wow! Unlimited joins BNN to give an industry perspective of the Disney and 21st Century Fox agreement.
Fred Seibert, CEO of Frederator and Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media, says, “Frederator is a creator focused shop. Working with these independent talents to build their audiences on YouTube gives Frederator an opportunity to find hit show creators and it gives us a remarkable insight into fans’ interests.”
Jeremy Rosen, Frederator's VP of Programming & Networks, says, “The team at Channel Frederator Network is so happy we get to work with hundreds of creators every month. Our focus has been to promote our members and get them the tools that help them do more of what they do best: be creative with video.”
In addition to the Channel Frederator Network MCN, Frederator is in a joint venture with Mexico City based Ánima Estudios in the Átomo Network.
About Frederator Networks
Frederator Networks, a WOW! Unlimited Media company, is Frederator Studios and Frederator Digital. Frederator Studios was founded by serial media entrepreneur and former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert in 1998 as a unique incubator for big animation ideas by producing original cartoons. More than 250 short films have resulted in 17 hit series for television and the Internet, including Butch Hartman’s The Fairly OddParents on Nickelodeon, Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, and Castlevania, based on the Konami video game, for Netflix. Frederator Digital programs many online channels including Channel Frederator and Cartoon Hangover, and The Leaderboard, as well as manages the Channel Frederator Network and The Leaderboard Network, a YouTube based, entertainment multi-channel networks. Launched in late 2012, Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover channel includes the hit series Bravest Warriors created by Pendleton Ward, Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat, which has gone to series by the most backed Kickstarter campaign for an animated project in history, as well as many new shorts from the world’s future animation superstars. Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover Select is exclusive to Ellation’s VRV platform. Frederator Networks has offices in Burbank, CA, New York, NY, Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
About WOW Unlimited Media Inc.
WOW Unlimited Media Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.) is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. The company's key assets include: the world's No.1 digital animation network, Frederator Networks, which consists of an animation production company Frederator Studios, as well as VOD channels on digital platforms; the world's first Hispanic animation network, Atomo Network, a joint venture with Anima Estudios; and one of Canada's largest, multifaceted animation production studios, Rainmaker Entertainment, which consists of Mainframe Studios that produces CGI animated television series, and Rainmaker Studios that produces long-form animated features.
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With a career that spans more than two decades, Ms. Shulman has an extensive background in all aspects of broadcasting and digital media including the launch of new cable and SVOD services. She brings a depth of experience in developing cross platform programming strategies, content acquisition, original production, content merchandising and distribution.
"I am thrilled to join the WOW! Unlimited family," said Ms. Shulman. "Combining the unparalleled talents of veteran animated content creators, kids branding pioneers, best in class production experts and next generation digital content trendsetters, this company is poised to create the most innovative, multi-platform 'kidult' product offerings.”
Marni joins the Corporation after serving as Vice President and Head, Content & Programming for shomi, the first homegrown SVOD service launched in Canada. Prior to shomi, Marni worked as Vice President, Content for IFC Canada, Showcase Action and Showcase Diva Networks as well as Director, Programming for CTV Travel, where, in addition to managing day-to-day operations, she had complete oversight of all content related aspects of the businesses including developing, commissioning and producing hundreds of hours of original content.
About WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.
WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.) is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. The company's key assets include: the world's No. 1 digital animation network, Frederator Networks, which consists of an animation production company Frederator Studios, as well as VOD channels on digital platforms; the world's first Hispanic animation network, Atomo Network, a joint venture with Anima Estudios; and one of Canada's largest, multifaceted animation production studios, Rainmaker Entertainment, which consists of Mainframe Studios that produces CGI animated television series, and Rainmaker Studios that produces long-form animated features.
Kids’ digital trendsetters Fred SEIBERT, Founder of FREDERATOR NETWORKS, & Andy YEATMAN, Head of global kids content at NETFLIX, both announced at MIPJunior.
Paris, 21 June 2017 – MIPJunior today announces two keynotes that both have a strong influence on the kids’ animation industry. In their respective sessions, each of them will share their vision of the future of the kids’ industry in a definitely in and on-demand environment.
Fred Seibert is the founder of Frederator Networks, the Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media, and a serial media entrepreneur. He was the first creative director of MTV and the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Frederator Networks is Channel Frederator, the leading online cartoon network, Frederator Studios, an independent production company with hits on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, Cartoon Hangover, the home of Bravest Warriors and Bee & PuppyCat (the most funded web series Kickstarter in history), and Frederator Books. Frederator distributes hundreds of independently owned, animator operated, YouTube channels. WOW! Unlimited Media is the merger of Frederator, Rainmaker Entertainment, and Ezrin Hirsh (founded by veteran producer Bob Ezrin and animation pioneer Michael Hirsh).
Andy Yeatman leads the kids & family programming team for Netflix globally, covering all original and licensed content for kids age 2-12. Prior to this role, he acquired Major Studio film and television content for Netflix’s North America service. Andy joined Netflix in 2011, helping to launch its service internationally. Before joining Netflix, Andy worked in Digital Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios. In that role, he negotiated movie distribution deals with digital platforms such as iTunes, Sony Playstation Network and Microsoft Xbox for a number of territories, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Korea. Andy holds an MBA in Strategy and Entertainment Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an International Relations degree from Tufts University.
Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPJunior will be held in Cannes on 14-15 October, ahead of the MIPCOM global entertainment content market. The MIPJunior will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Cannes.
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Wow Unlimited Media Announces Appointment of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Grant of Options
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - September 08, 2017) - Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (TSX VENTURE: WOW.A) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.B) (the "Corporation") is pleased to announce the appointment of John Vandervelde as Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation effective as of September 11, 2017, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The Corporation would like to thank Christine Read for her contributions as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation.
"We are very pleased to have John join the Wow team. I have had the privilege of working with him at both Nelvana and Cookie Jar," said Michael Hirsh, Chairman and CEO of the Corporation. "His experience and skill set are well-aligned with Wow's long-term goals for growth and development, and I believe that he will be a great contributor to the Corporation going forward."
Having obtained his CPA.CA, CPA.CMA and ACIS, Mr. Vandervelde brings an extensive background in the entertainment and media sector with a depth of experience in capital markets and finance, including film and television financing, distribution and licensing, structuring international co-productions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as strong experience with financial management and reporting, corporate governance and risk management.
Mr. Vandervelde joins the Corporation from InterMedia Finance Corp. where he has acted as managing director since 2013. Prior to joining InterMedia Finance Corp., Mr. Vandervelde acted as the Senior Vice President, Business Development & International Coproduction for Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. and prior thereto he served as the Senior Vice President, Production & Finance for Nelvana Limited.
Michael Hirsh, CEO of Wow! Unlimited, joins BNN's Michael Hainsworth for a look at the shifting landscape for children's content and why Bell Media took a 12-per-cent stake in the content creator. BNN is a division of Bell Media, which is wholly owned by BCE.
TORONTO, ON and VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 07, 2017) - Wow Unlimited Media Inc. ("Wow") (TSX VENTURE: WOW.A) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.B) and Bell Media ("Bell Media") are pleased to announce that they have entered into a term sheet (the "Term Sheet") pursuant to which Wow proposes to acquire a Category B specialty service from Bell Media (the "Transaction") in exchange for equity in Wow.
Michael Hirsh, Chairman and CEO of Wow, said: "This strategic partnership will drive our planned multi-platform rollout of a new paradigm in entertainment for kids and youth across North America. In addition, the support and collaborative efforts of Canada's leading media and telecommunication company will provide strong momentum to Wow's global expansion plans."
"We are very excited about our strategic partnership with Wow and the opportunity to work with them in realizing their strategy of becoming a best in class international producer of kids and youth content," said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. "As part of our partnership, Bell Media will leverage Wow's programming for use across all of our platforms including linear television, CraveTV, and SnackableTV."
CORRECTION - Wow Unlimited Media Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2017 and Ticker Symbol Change to WOW Effective June 1, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - May 30, 2017) - Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.) ("Wow" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: RNK.A) (TSX VENTURE: RNK.B) has refiled its financial statements and management's discussion & analysis for the period ended March 31, 2017 to correct a clerical error with respect to the loss per share figures included therein. The Company is pleased to announce its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The first quarter results incorporate a full quarter of the operations of Frederator Networks following the acquisition of Frederator Networks in December 2016.
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - April 26, 2017) - Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. ("Wow" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: RNK.A)(TSX VENTURE: RNK.B) today announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year‐end results for the period ended December 31, 2016. The fourth quarter results incorporate items relating to the completion of the previously announced Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh acquisitions, along with the $11 million private placement and retirement of the Company's outstanding convertible debentures. The results reported include the results of operations from the acquired companies from December 15th, 2016 the date of acquisition, through December 31st, 2016.
TORONTO, ON and VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - March 22, 2017) - In the first 100 days since its inception in December 2016, WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. and now, comprised of its core companies Rainmaker and Mainframe Studios as well as Frederator Networks, has already made a strong impact in the kids and youth animation marketplace. A round up of its activities shows its unique focus on creating and distributing content geared primarily towards digital platforms rather than solely for television screens, and is propelling it to the forefront of the industry.
In a new deal with Amazon Studios, WOW! Unlimited Media's Frederator Studios was given the greenlight to produce Costume Quest which is based on the smash video game series by Double Fine productions and the world originally created by Tasha Sounart. Aimed at the kids market (6-11 year olds), Costume Quest is set in the fictional town of Auburn Pines where dark forces lurk in the shadows. It's up to four kids who discover supernormal costumes with transformative and magical powers to harness them in order to defend the sleepy town. The series is executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) who also serves as story editor, as well as WOW! Unlimited Media's Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Kolde (Adventure Time) and Eric Homan (Adventure Time).