Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ether, will be one of the cast members of Stoner Cats, the blockchain and NFT-related TV show produced by actress Mila Kunis.
The series has an entirely Hollywood cast with notable names like Jane Fonda, Chris Rock and Ashton Kutcher. The addition of Butlin seems to complete the mission of this network cartoon, which aims to strengthen the presence of the cryptocurrency world.
Specifically, the ethereal founder will voice the taxidermy cat named Catsington.
But most surprisingly, in order to watch the first five-minute episode, viewers will have to purchase NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens. basically, these NFTs are digital representations of the artwork associated with the show’s characters.
Not only that, but once production is complete, NFT tickets will also be available to unlock all episodes of Stonecats.
Each NFT costs 0.35 ETH, which equates to nearly $750 at the time of writing.
This is true cryptocurrency crowdfunding using NFT. In this regard, Morgan Baylor, a general partner at venture firm NFX and a member of the team behind “Stoner Cats,” defines this kind of funding as a direct exchange between consumers and creators, cutting out the middleman and, in some cases, providing some creative control for the consumers themselves.
The series of projects funded by Vitalik Buterin and NFT
Baylor also describes how Butlin got involved after writing the script for Stonecats, for which he was to voice his character.
“He didn’t like cursing and his character said ‘fuck’ a few times, so he asked if they could change that, and they were very cooperative.”
However, the changes requested on set didn’t extend to the models created by the team. In fact, all of the actors, including the Russian programmer, will be paid equally in the form of ETH, depending on the level of funding the project received when NFT was originally launched.
The team’s projection is to reach at least 50% of its total funding goal at the initial launch, which, represented by 10,420 NFTs, would equate to approximately $7.5 million. If this is the case, the entire crew could earn half of this amount without paying additional agency fees.
In that sense, Baylor concluded.
“We see this as an opportunity to educate people [about cryptocurrencies] and bring them in. Personally, I think a lot of cryptocurrency resources are daunting. I think we need people, faces and voices that non-cryptocurrency people recognize and trust to start explaining these concepts. Even if we fail this time, we can make that happen.”
This new collaboration between the Russian programmer and Ether co-founder is in line with the views he expressed a few days ago at the 4th Ether Community Conference.
Buterin said it’s better to be defined by decentralized finance or DeFi than by nothing at all, but Ether must go farther. As such, NFT for cryptocurrency crowdfunding may be ideally beyond.