Phil Hartman’s Flat TV was written, recorded and performed by Hartman before his rise to stardom as a beloved cast member on The Pee Wee Herman Show and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, NewsRadio, and his feature film work. In 2002, four years after Phil Hartman’s passing, his brother, legendary music agent, John Hartmann, of Leo/Hartmann Productions, released the album through Laugh.com after its mysterious disappearance.
"Phil Hartman's Flat TV was produced by Chad Stuart and recorded just before Phil joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Wrapped up in the hectic schedule of writing and acting on SNL, he forgot all about the album. In the interim, the recording studio closed and the tapes were stashed and forgotten in a backyard storage unit in San Fernando Valley. After Phil's death, 25 years later, we searched far and wide and finally found the original masters. This is Phil at his funniest, without the burden of time, censors or committees. It's pure genius," John Hartmann explained.
Comedic writer, animator and performer, Michael T. Scott recently joined animation company Worker Studio as a partner. Before Scott began his career, he shared his burgeoning comedy work in a fan letter to Phil Hartman in 1997 and received a thoughtful and constructive reply. Thirteen years after Phil Hartman’s death, Scott posted the letter online and it went viral. This caught the eye of Angel Rosenthal, business partner of Phil’s brother Paul Hartmann. At the time, Rosenthal and Paul Hartmann were spearheading a campaign that got Phil Hartman a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, in addition to working to convert two of Phil’s unseen art projects into animated features.
Producing with Paul Hartmann and Rosenthal, Worker Studio has begun developing animation around the twenty-two vignettes that make up Phil Hartman’s Flat TV. It revolves around the dysfunctional Sphincter Family and intersperses their daily life with the television broadcasts they consume. It is a satirical portrait of the American family in the late 1970s, but with hilarious insights perennial to our culture.
Worker Studio founder and CEO, Michael “Ffish” Hemschoot said: “All of us at Worker Studio come to the project as fans of Phil Hartman, he has influenced us at so many levels. We’re honored to have this opportunity to, in essence, collaborate with one of our heroes and intend to bring the same level of craft to the visual adaptation of this overlooked comedic gem.”
Worker Studio is also proud to be collaborating with the Hartmann family, who along with Rosenthal have dedicated over 13 years honoring Phil Hartman’s legacy. Together they are poised to develop an animated production of award-winning caliber that will excite Phil Hartman fans and capture the comedic imagination of generations to come.
A clip of the album can be heard here: http://www.worker-
About Worker Studio
Worker Studio is an award-winning Animation and Visual Effects company in Colorado, founded by CEO Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot. Together with partners, Michael T. Scott of Happy Fatties cartoons, former Disney animator Barry Kooser and Minister of Message & Propaganda Jason Cangialosi, Worker Studio is developing original, high-end 3D, 2D & Stop-motion Animation. While employing the use of new technologies and methods of distribution, Worker Studio brings an old school sensibility of animation and storytelling into the 21st century. www.worker-studio.com, facebook.com/
About Paul Hartmann and Angel Rosenthal
Paul Hartmann, Angel Rosenthal and Anthony Turino joined forces in 2010 to form XENOVISION, a film and multi-media limited partnership, which will be producing exclusive Phil Hartman content, as well as coordinating and interacting on all social media platforms with Phil Hartman’s still growing fan base. Paul began his career under John Hartmann at Hartmann and Goodman, in charge of A&R and talent development. Angel has had extensive experience in management, as well as social media and business startups. www.xenovision.ca, facebook.com/
About John Hartmann
John Hartmann began his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency and later served as the Morris office liaison to Colonel Tom Parker, the legendary manager of Elvis Presley. A veteran agent, manager and record executive, Hartmann has provided career direction for such luminaries as Chad & Jeremy, Sonny & Cher, Eagles, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat, Peter, Paul & Mary, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Poco, Jackson Browne, America, and many others. He is a results – oriented operational leader with more than fifty years experience designing and executing career strategies in the entertainment industry. Hartmann started his teaching career at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He lectured for eight years in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, where the students voted him Professor of the Year three times. He also teaches Music Management at UCLA. Hartmann is the founder and CEO of The Holodigm Corporation, an internet company engaged in educating and coaching songwriters, musicians and bands seeking to build careers in the music renaissance.