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|Type||Animation virtual worlds games|
|Industry||television online games|
|Founded||October 26, 2001 |
|Headquarters||Van Nuys, CA, USA |
|Key people||Dave Thomas, Founder and Michael Bellavia, President |
|Website||Animax Entertainment's official website|
Animax Entertainment is an animation and interactive production studio based in Van Nuys, California. Animax's clients include Disney, ESPN, Warner Bros., National Geographic, Sesame Workshop, WWE and many others. Animax has a particular expertise in Adobe Flash animation and has produced work for broadband, broadcast, DVD, CD-ROM and other platforms. Animax won a Sports Emmy Award in 2006 and was nominated again in 2007 for their work on ESPN.com's "Off-Mikes", based on Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg and their ESPN Radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning. The series was also selected as Adobe Systems' Site of the Day on June 20, 2006. In 2007 the company branched out into live-action production with the launch of a viral video series for Kodak which was available on InkIsIt.com. The company also produces original animation for TV and the web, such as ArnoldSpeaks.com, which was launched in 2006.
The company's Flash animation division, also known as Animax Interactive, was founded in November 2001 by Andrew K. Bain and Dave Thomas, the actor, writer, and producer known for his Emmy award-winning work on SCTV. The President of the company is Michael Bellavia. The studio has won a number of awards in addition to the Emmy including multiple Webby Awards, multiple Summit Awards, and multiple Los Angeles Advertising Club Belding Bowls among others. In 2009 the company was added to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America.
HelpsGood is an offshoot of Animax and a full service digital agency that uses social media to generate social good. The two companies work in concert, with Animax providing digital production services – apps, games, animation, video, site development – to HelpsGood, which focuses on NGO and government clients. HelpsGood current include the Ad Council, Smokey Bear, Bedsider, United States Environmental Protection Agency, USAID, and Starlight Children's Foundation among others.
Funnugget, owned and operated by Animax, is a free online game portal featuring hundreds of original, licensed and branded games, with characters like Smokey Bear, Ty Beanie Babies, and Secret Builders.
In 2012, Animax animated three two-minute shorts for NBC's hit show Community. The shorts titled "Abed's Master Key," celebrated the return of Community to TV and were featured on the NBC website and Hulu.
In 2011, Animax designed and developed Smokey Bear's first mobile app. This free app provides information about wildfire prevention and step-by-step guides to safely building and extinguishing campfires.
In 2012, Animax designed and developed Timeline Video Maker where people can make a highlight reel of their life using their Facebook photos. They also developed the "Rosify Yourself" App for the Ad Council's 70th birthday where users can put their face on the iconic Rosie the Riveter image.
- Animax Entertainment official website - contact
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- Adobe Site of the Day
- Ads of the World
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- 'Community' Cast Gets Animated For NBC.com and Hulu
- Beanie Ballz Bounce
- Smokey Bear's Mobile App Press Release
- Timeline Video
- Rosify Yourself Press Release