FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 11, 2017
CREATOR OF FAIRLY ODDPARENTS AND DANNY PHANTOM PARTNERS WITH POCKET.WATCH ON THREE NEW ANIMATED SERIES FOR KIDS
Famed creator Butch Hartman to work alongside Albie Hecht to create original series based off of pocket.watch’s first creator partner, HobbyKidsTV
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 11th, 2017 – Pocket.watch, a media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates content for kids age 2-11 across a variety of platforms, today announced that it has partnered with Butch Hartman, famed creator of the hit Nickelodeon television series Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast to create and produce three new animated series for kids alongside pocket.watch Chief Content Officer Albie Hecht. The series, already in development, include one idea based on Hartman’s own creation, another developed directly from an original idea from pocket.watch’s existing development slate, and the third featuring the kids from popular YouTube family of channels HobbyKidsTV, named pocket.watch’s first creator partner in April.
“Our vision is to build the ultimate kids media brand that combines attributes from both digital and traditional entertainment and Butch is the perfect person to help get us there,” said Chris M. Williams, Founder and CEO of pocket.watch. “Butch’s passion for creating content across all platforms that resonates with kids is palpable and I can’t wait to work alongside him to bring not one but three series to market.”
As the first series fast-tracked by pocket.watch, HobbyKids Adventures will feature the animated exploits of three brothers from the mega-popular YouTube channel “HobbyKidsTV.” Transformed into cartoon adventurers by kid hit-maker Hartman, HobbyPig, HobbyFrog and HobbyBear (and his alter ego HobbyHuge!) are able to go anywhere and in any genre in their time-bending Giant Egg which is modeled after the Giant Surprise Egg that rocketed the HobbyKidsTV YouTube channel to kid-dom fame.
“Butch Hartman is a creative force that has an uncanny ability to develop worlds that make kids stop, take notice and laugh out loud,” said Albie Hecht, Chief Content Officer at pocket.watch. “I am thrilled to once again be working together on an entirely new slate of exciting properties, including our animated series for HobbyKidsTV.”
In addition to his production slate, as part of his non-exclusive three year deal, Hartman will also be named Senior Creative Consultant, responsible for providing creative input into pocket.watch’s digital channels, creator partnerships and premium content.
“In my long spanning animation career, I’ve been able to bring so many different stories to life and I can’t wait to be able to do the same for HobbyKids Adventures”, expressed Butch Hartman. “What pocket.watch is creating is a true testament to what entertainment kid’s love today and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
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Pocket.watch is a media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates entertainment for kids ages 2-11 and presents it across a variety of platforms. The company was founded in March 2017 by Chris M. Williams and is located in Culver City, CA where it maintains an office and studio. The management team is made up of studio veterans and visionaries from traditional and digital entertainment including Albie Hecht, Jon Moonves and David B. Williams. Investors include Third Wave Digital and United Talent Agency (UTA), as well as notable strategic angels including Les Moonves, Robert Downey Jr. (Team Downey) and Jon Landau.
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