Curious Pictures

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Type Private
Industry Television, film, commercials, animation, digital, videogames and VFX
Founded 1978 (as Stowmar Enterprises)
1981 (as Broadcast Arts)
1993 (as Curious Pictures)
Headquarters Washington, D.C. (1981-1985)
San Francisco, California (1996-2000)
New York, New York (1985-)
Los Angeles, CA (2008-)
Key people Jan Korbelin, Managing Partner
Marina Grasic, Managing Partner
Camille Geier, SVP/Head of Studio
Vadim Turchin, VFX/CG Supervisor
Owners Independent (1981-1994)
Harmony Pictures (1994-1999)
Intelefim (1999-2002)
Independent (2002-present)
Employees 60
Divisions TV, Film, Games, Commercials

Curious Pictures (rendered curious?ictures) is an American animation studio and multi-media company set in New York City and Los Angeles that creates and produces television programs, commercials, animation and video games.


In 1981, Steve Oakes and Peter Rosentheal, who had previously worked together on a project I Go Pogo, founded Broadcast Arts, a small studio in Washington DC. The company's first project was a series of station identification shorts for MTV. Following this, the fledgling studio worked on projects for HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, CBS, ABC, and more.[citation needed]

Later, the company moved to New York City.[when?] In the next few years, the company produced several hundred commercials, which used multiple animation and special effects techniques. These projects were for companies such as Budweiser, Pillsbury, Kool-Aid, Wendy's, French's, Hasbro, Canon and Hudson[disambiguation needed]. In addition to the commercial work, the studio was the animation studio for the first season of "Pee-Wee's Playhouse".

In 1990, Becky Wible, Robert Niosi and Nicholas Judy of Broadcast Arts created 1-80-1 Productions, a subsidiary company that focused on stop-motion animation.[citation needed]

Broadcast Arts was renamed Curious Pictures in 1993.

Having worked together for several years, the team of now five partners – Susan Holden, Steve Oakes, David Starr, Peter Rosentheal and Richard Winkler- continued producing TV commercials, with the intention of expanding to television programming, toy production, and other ventures. In 1994 the company expanded into a 25,000 square-foot studio in lower Manhattan, fully equipping it with a cel and a computer animation department, a shooting stage with two motion control camera systems, a prop and model shop and digital editing rooms. By 1995 Curious was producing upwards of 100 commercial projects annually. The 1996 production of Mo Willems' "The Offbeats" for Nickelodeon's animated sketch show KaBlam!, marked Curious’ first non-advertising television project. In 1998, "A Little Curious" for HBO became the company’s first half-hour series (the latter shorts also aired separately during commercials), followed soon after by another Willems project, "Sheep in the Big City" for Cartoon Network.

From 1995-1999, an office was maintained in San Francisco to support the company’s expansion into cel animation.


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