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Seibert and Karp

A Conversation with Fred Seibert
and David Karp

NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 to 8:00pm
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor (between West 4th Street and Washington Place)

You never know where an internship will lead you! At the age of 14, David Karp began interning at  Frederator Studios, an animation studio founded by Fred Seibert, MTV's first creative director and one of the most successful producers in the business. Six years later, Karp founded Tumblr. The two dynamic innovators talk about their amazing careers, what they learned from each other, and what's next in social media, marketing and entertainment.

Students and faculty are free with proper ID.  Seats are limited. RSVP today!


david karp, founder, tumblr

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 leading product 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 250 million creators.  In 2013, Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo. 

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fred seibert, founder, frederator networks

Fred Seibert is the founder of Frederator Networks, co-founder of Thirty Labs, and a serial media entrepreneur.
He was the first creative director of MTV and the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Fred was the founder of Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube). He’s on the board of directors of Sawhorse Media, and was the first investor in Tumblr.

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. Thirty Labs is a technology start-up studio, focused exclusively on video innovations.

Presented with NYU Steinhardt, Department of Media, Culture and Communication