MONDO Acquires Hand-Crafted Sci-Fi Animated Epic NOVA SEED for SVOD Distribution on VRV’s MONDO Channel
March 8, 2017

Director Nick DiLiberto’s Unique Animation Experience to be Available for Streaming Beginning March 28 

LOS ANGELES and TORONTO (March 7, 2017) – MONDO has acquired exclusive SVOD rights in the U.S. and Canada to director Nick DiLiberto’s singular animated epic NOVA SEED from Toronto-based House of Cool, adding to MONDO’s growing library of animated content.

The recently launched MONDO Channel on VRV – the new video experience from Ellation – will debut NOVA SEED on March 28.

DiLiberto painstakingly hand-animated each of Nova Seed’s 60,000 frames himself, and the four-year work of passion recently completed a year-long run at global film festivals, including Fantastic Fest, where it had its U.S. premiere; the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Satoshi Kon Award; and the Carrefour du Cínéma d’Animation in Paris.

Just after the film’s Fantastic Fest premiere, Forces of Geek wrote: “I am in bewildered awe of what I have seen … it seems almost too hard to believe that one man could animate a full-length film as impressive as Nova Seed.”

Fantastic Fest founder Harry Knowles said, “The two most important words this year are: Nova Seed.”

Now, fans of animation, sci-fi and independent filmmaking will be able to see Nova Seed themselves on MONDO’s channel.  It’s among the channel’s fast-growing library of ground-breaking, animation content.  VRV – the new online video experience from Ellation dedicated to serving fans of anime, animation, games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and technology – offers a seven-day free trial of MONDO’s channel, and following the trial fans can subscribe to MONDO on its own or as part of a package of programming.

Nova Seed is a groundbreaking work of passion and vision, and it’s exactly the kind of animation that MONDO is all about, so we’re proud that it is joining our amazing collection of streaming animated content,” said MONDO’s chief creative officer Brendan Burch.

Nova Seed is an action-packed, post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure that follows a lion-man “Neo-Animal Combatant,” or NAC, and the Nova Seed, a mystic force of nature that takes the form of a girl.  The NAC must save the Nova Seed from the evil Dr. Mindskull, who is bent on remaking the world in his image.

Written, directed and animated by Nick DiLiberto, who previously worked on such projects as Asura’s WrathSonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood and Mass Effect), Nova Seed was produced by Joe DiLiberto, with Ricardo Curtis (The Book of life, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc.), Adele DiLiberto, John DiLiberto, Nick DiLiberto and Wes Lui (The Book of Life, Ice-Age, Dragons: Race to the Edge) as executive producers.

Los Angeles-based MONDO produces original animated content for its multi-platform network, as well as for television and digital.  The company owns and distributes an ever-growing library of short- and long-form animation created for 18- to 34-year-old viewers, including the highly acclaimed 2016 Oscar® nominee Pear Cider and Cigarettes, which is also available on VRV’s MONDO channel. MONDO operates the most-viewed animation channel on YouTube, which has attracted more than 3.5 billion views. MONDO’s original TV projects include Night Sweats, which aired on Adult Swim Canada; Like, Share, Die, which aired on Fusion; and Happy Tree Friends, which aired on MTV in multiple international markets.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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