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|Born||July 28, 1969|
|Residence||Los Angeles, CA|
|Alma mater||New York University's Tisch School of the Arts|
|Occupation||director, writer, producer and voice actor|
|Known for||Celebrity Deathmatch
Glenn Martin, DDS
Eric Fogel (born 1969) is an American director, writer, producer and voice actor who is best known as the creator of the TV series Celebrity Deathmatch. He also created the cult shows; The Head, Starveillance, Glenn Martin, DDS and also directed several episodes of Daria.
Fogel graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1991 with a BFA in Film/TV. During his time there he created his first animated film, titled Mutilator: Hero Of the Wasteland, a film which one professor cited as being "inappropriate due to its violent content." Mutilator would go on to win NYU's Award of Excellence in Animation and became a cult favorite of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Fogel continued to produce animated shorts, including a sequel to his Mutilator short. He soon had his reel come across the desk of an executive at MTV Animation, which landed him a job at the studio. Where, while working on his first series; The Head, also directed episodes of Cartoon Sushi (which featured the original Celebrity Deathmatch pilot), and Daria.
In 1994, at age of twenty-four, Fogel created his first animated series for MTV. The Head was a bizarre show about a high-spirited alien named Roy, who survived on Earth by living inside the head of an everyman named Jim. The show, which blended sci-fi action and comedy, ran for two seasons before being cancelled by MTV.
In 1996, the same year the series had been cancelled; Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster published a graphic novel based on the series titled The Head: A Legend Is Born. The graphic novel was based on a script from the series that was never animated. Fogel and Gordon Barnett wrote the novel.
For his next series, Fogel was determined to revive the seemingly lost art of stop-motion animation. The pitch was simple: Celebrities square off in a ring and proceed to beat the pulp out of one another…in clay. Celebrity Deathmatch premiered in 1998 during the Super Bowl Halftime and turned out to be the highest rated special in the history of MTV. Fogel directed every episode from 1998 to 2002, along with voicing some characters, and the show became popular enough for Fogel to be named one of the most creative people in the TV industry by Entertainment Weekly. Four seasons and nearly a hundred episodes later, Deathmatch was known over the world and remained as one of MTV's highest rated shows. Most of Fogel's projects have been in claymation ever since.
In 1999, a Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack was released, the single "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" by Marilyn Manson had a video directed by Fogel in the style of the show. Though no wrestling is involved, the two hosts from Celebrity Deathmatch introduce Manson and his entire band are portrayed in clay performing the song.
In 2006, Deathmatch was revived by MTV2, but Fogel decided not to get involved with the show so he could work in his new show Starveillance. Despite being replaced by Jack Fletcher and Dave 'Canadian' Thomas, Fogel was still credited as the creator and co-executive producer of the show.
Fogel recently created a new claymation series called Starveillance which parodies several celebrity situations through claymation animation and debuted on January 5, 2007 on E! to positive reviews, however E! decided to cancel the series after one season due to low ratings. Fogel's production company Fogelmania Productions and Cuppa Coffee Studios produced the show.
|1991||Mutilator: Hero Of the Wasteland||Director, writer, animator (short film)|
|1992||Mutilator: Hero Of the Wasteland Episode II: Underworld||Director, writer, animator (short film)|
|1994||The Head||Various, Himself||Creator, director, writer, creative supervisor|
|1997-1998||Cartoon Sushi||Director, writer, co-executive producer (2 episodes)|
|Daria||Director (9 episodes)|
|1998-2002||Celebrity Deathmatch||Various||Creator, director, writer, executive producer, creative supervisor|
|1998||General Chaos: Uncensored Animation||Director|
|2004||Jammin' in Jamaica||Director (TV short)|
|2005||My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie||Director|
|Starveillance||Creator, director, writer, executive producer|
|2009-2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Various||Co-creator, writer, character designer|
|2010||Corpus||Special thanks (documentary)|
|2013||Team Smithereen||Executive producer (Failed pilot)|
|2014-2015||Wallykazam!||Director (9 episodes)|
|TBA||Havoc||Director, writer, animator (short film)|
In 2005 and 2006, Fogel directed the direct-to-DVD movies, My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie and Barbie Diaries.
In 2008, Fogel starting producing a series of 2-3-minute shorts called Anton & Crapbag for MTV2 that started airing on April of that year. The series was produced using rod puppetry and 2D animated mouths. The series revolves around two slackers who try various Jackass-esque stunts that inevitably end in disaster. Fogel has uploaded most of the shorts to his YouTube channel.
Fogel's latest series; Glenn Martin, DDS, which he co-created with Alex Berger and Michael Eisner premiered on Nick at Nite in the United States and Citytv in Canada in 2009. The show lasted for two seasons, and ended in 2011. The series followed the adventures of Glenn Martin, a road doctor, and his family. The show generated some controversy due to its inappropriate content and time slot, which aired following SpongeBob SquarePants. The series was produced by Cuppa Coffee Studios and The Tornante Company's animation division, Tornante Animation and distributed by Rogers Communications.
In 2013, Fogel started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new short film called Havoc, loosely based on his short film; Mutilator. The short is about a lone warrior facing off against mutants in a post-apocalyptic setting. While funding for the short was unsuccessful, Fogel later alluded on his Twitter that he still had plans to produce the short, saying; Havoc will live on! In 2015, Fogel uploaded an animatic of the short to his YouTube channel. Fogel was also an executive producer for the Team Smithereen pilot, which was released in 2013.
Also in 2015, another revival of Deathmatch has been ordered by MTV2. With Fogel, Paul Ricci, and Chris McCarthy behind the project. The revived series would be re-envisioned for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.
- Eric Fogel at the Internet Movie Database
- Eric Fogel at curiouspictures.com
- Eric Fogel's interview with animation magazine
- Mutilator: Hero Of the Wasteland