Author Archives: J. J. Sedelmaier

About J. J. Sedelmaier

As President/Director of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., he is responsible for launching some of the most talked about broadcast animated productions of the past two decades – MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head”, SNL’s “Saturday TV Funhouse” series with Robert Smigel (“The Ambiguously Gay Duo”, “The X-Presidents”, etc.), Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s “Harvey Birdman - Attorney at Law”, and the “Tek Jansen/Alpha Squad Seven” series for The Colbert Report. Sedelmaier has produced over 500 film and design pieces. In addition, he’s a very organized hoarder.

From A Frisky Bruce Lee to Stephen Colbert’s “Tek Jansen”

The Bruce Lee craze of the 1970s produced an endless array of merchandise in the hopes of cashing in on the world-renowned martial artist’s popularity – especially after his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32. I’d been a fan of his since he’d played “Kato” in the old “Green Hornet” TV...

A Grab-Bag of Happy Holidays From J.J. Sedelmaier Productions!

It seemed like a fun idea to take advantage of the upcoming holiday season and post a retrospective of some JJSP holiday greeting cards! Even though we did half of them in-house, I have to say that the ones we did with designers and artists OUTside the studio were more fun! It also gave...

Rediscovering The Great Outdoors . . . And My Own Library

While researching an article I’m doing for an upcoming subject on 1920s posters, I pulled several books off my shelf to leaf through hoping to find some supplemental material. One of the volumes I grabbed was “Outdoor Advertising” by Wilmot Lippincott published by the McGraw-Hill Company in 1923. A relatively unassuming looking book from...

Tucking You In With 12 Pullman Fact Booklets 1929-30

Before branding and marketing had all the options afforded the advertiser today, there was a substantial period when companies spent their time and money on offering up little giveaway goodies to the public. Without the web, television or even radio, corporations often relied on print to spread the word about their “Made In America”...

Cartoon Network – Resurrecting Bankrupt Heirlooms Circa 1997

In the spring of 1992 I was contacted by and collaborated with Betty Cohen, Tom Corey and Tom Pomposello on an in-house sales film that was to help define what Turner Broadcasting had in mind for their newly acquired library of Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I was informed that the Atlanta-based network would launch a 24hour...

"Robin and The Earl of (George) Booth"

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with George Booth on three advertising campaigns, and he was even kind enough to design one of our cards of “Happy Holidays” past. Working with him opened vistas for me and redefined what collaboration should be all about. I’m going to focus on a two spot campaign we...

A Glimpse At Life A Century Ago Through The Sketchbook Of W.G. Read

One of the pitfalls of amassing an eclectic collection of “stuff” is that it’s often difficult to remember where and under what circumstances you acquired something. That’s the case with this sketchbook of W.G. Read’s. I came across it at least 30 years ago after having moved to Brooklyn from Madison, Wisconsin – that...