My Damn Channel, Frederator to Produce TV Shows for HLN

/ Feb 19, 2014


Earlier this month, CNN rebranded its Headline News channel into HLN, with a new directive to be a cable news network for “the social media generation.” In this sense, the network plans to make content that social-media users would want to watch, whether it’s tied to trending stories and clips, or, apparently, being produced by the very creators these users are already watching online.

My Damn Channel, one of the oldest names in online video, is part of HLN’s initial programming development slate, on board to produce a TV show called “Videocracy.”

Per the announcement, “Videocracy” would be a countdown show about digital media. In each episode, a team of hosts and panelists would list and comment on the content and stories that are being shared by the social-sphere at the time. The show is envisioned by My Damn Channel’s Rob Barnett, Warren Chao, and Charlie Singer. The trio are also serving as executive producers.

Joining My Damn Channel on HLN’s development slate is Fred Seibert’s Frederator Studios, which already produces original programming for digital and linear platforms.

For HLN, Frederator is developing “I Can Haz NewsToons,” a show that would scour the web for various types of animated content — from e-cards to doodles — and present to HLN viewers on TV. Created by Fred Seibert, the show would also look to bring in political and social cartoonists from the world of print.

Frederator is the studio behind shows like “The Fairly Oddparents” (Nickelodeon) and “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network).

The full HLN development slate (note: all working titles, and not greenlit as of yet) is listed below — for all you social-media gen-ers out there who want to watch cable news.

“Keywords”: A game show of search and tag trivia for internet addicts. We put your browser history to the test by challenging you to guess a search term from five keyword clues. Celebrities, song lyrics, ailments, gifs, memes, photobombs — everything is fair game. Created by HLN program development.

“I Can Haz NewsToons”: Finally, a place on TV for social media’s best satire cartoons. We’ll scour the internet to present the most original e-cards, caricatures and doodles, and for the first time bring people’s favorite political and social cartoonists from the world of print to TV. Produced and created by Fred Siebert (“Adventure Time,” Cartoon Hangover)

“One.Click.Away”: The untold stories behind the online classifieds…the world’s biggest yard sale. Going beyond the hyperlinks, HLN digs into such stories as the unused wedding dress for sale on Craigslist and the people behind those strange and hilarious roommate ads. Online classifieds greatest stories are now just One Click Away. Created by John D. Williams Jr. (Author, former president of the National SCRABBLE Association)

“Vacation Hunters”: One tweet, two vacation teams, one amazing vacation. Viewers send in a 140 character description and our two vacation adventurers, and their travel agent teams, compete against each other to stretch a vacation dollar as far as humanly possible…all for the cause of giving a user the vacation of a lifetime. Produced and created by Tom Lynch (“South of Nowhere,” “The Secret World of Alex Mack”)

“Videocracy”: This series counts down the most talked about entertainment ripped from social media.  Hosts and a team of panelists comment on the stories and the people creating the shared content we’re all talking about. Created by My Damn Channel, with Rob Barnett, Warren Chao and Charlie Singer executive producing.

“#What’sYourFomo”: This app will collect your list of FOMO’s (Fear Of Missing Out) and guarantees that you never miss a thing. J-law gifs? Ugly sweaters? Lamping? Everything you are afraid to miss out on in one place. This app was conceived by HLN staff during its December 2013 offsite.

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