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|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
Harmony Pictures (1994-1999)
|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 videogames for audiences worldwide.
After working on I Go Pogo, Steve Oakes and Peter Rosentheal began their career creating a small studio in the nation's capitol. In 1981 they co-founded Broadcast Arts and tackled the company's first assignment - a series of network IDs for a new music television channel. These IDs became instant classics and set the standard for the network's irreverent humor. This success established the fledgling studio and brought in projects for HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, CBS, ABC, and more - a move to New York City seemed the next logical step.
In the next few years, the company produced several hundred commercials, constantly weaving together multiple animation and special effects techniques for projects for 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 went and created 1-80-1 Productions, making the studio own it and do less stop-motion.
To continue the evolution of mixed-media, filmmaking and commercials, Broadcast Arts became 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. And expand they did! In 1994 the Curious team set up shop in their 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. Gradually, five directors became a dozen and by 1995 Curious was producing upwards of 100 commercial projects annually. The production of Mo Willems’ "The Offbeats" in 1996 for Nickelodeon, marked Curious’ expansion into the TV business and 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 the next Mo Willems creation, "Sheep in the Big City" for Cartoon Network.
From 1995-1999, an office was maintained in San Francisco to support the company’s diversification into cel animation.
Curious has come a long way from its first spot for MTV in 1981; today with more than 50 brand-name clients, over 1,000 commercials, and an extensive record of relationships with leading advertising agencies and broadcasters worldwide, this small entertainment company is proof that a little curiosity goes a long way.
TV Shows 
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986)
- Vandemonium Plus (1987)
- Nickelodeon Special Delivery (opening titles) (1992) +
- Daddy Dearest (opening titles) (1993)+
- The Off-Beats (1996-1998)
- The Little Lulu Show (1995-1999)
- Elmo's World (special effects) (1998)
- A Little Curious (1998-2000, 2009–present)
- Sheep in the Big City (2000-2002)
- Hey Joel (2002)
- Codename: Kids Next Door (2002-2008)
- The Wrong Coast (2004)
- Little Einsteins (2005-2009)
- Codename: Kids Next Door: "Operation Z.E.R.O" (2006)
- Team Umizoomi (2010-)
- NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core (2010-2011)
- Eureka: Do You See What I See (animation scenes only) (2011)
TV Films and Specials 
- Bite & Smile (1989)
- Smoke Alarm (1996)
- The Off-Beats Valentine Special (1999)
- My Scene: Jammin in Jamaica (2003)
- My Scene: Masquerade Madness (2004)
- My Scene: Backlot (2005)
- PollyWorld (2005)
- Barbie Diaries (2005)
Video Games 
- Rock Band
- Rock Band 2
- Green Day: Rock Band
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Dance Central
- Dance Central 2
- Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game
- Red Dead Redemption
- Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
- "Foil Man", by Chris Gilligan (assisting only) (1995)
- "The Louie 'n Louie Show", by Gary Baseman (1996)
- "Cartoon Network Shorties" (1998)