Michael Bellavia

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Michael Bellavia is the CEO of Animax Entertainment, an Emmy Award winning creative studio that produces character driven content for all screens. He earned his BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a former Chair of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council, a member of the National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences and a former mentor at the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab.[1][2]

He is also an owner of HelpsGood, a social media agency in Los Angeles that works with nonprofits including United Way, the Ad Council, Keep America Beautiful and Smokey Bear for which he won the 2014 Gold Smokey Bear Award.[3] In October 2012, he co-founded the Million Puppet March that marched on the National Mall in Washington, D.C on 11/3/2012.[4]

Bellavia is also an improviser at IO West (the Los Angeles outpost of IO Chicago),[5] Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Second City in Los Angeles. He has been a contestant on the game shows Wheel of Fortune, Smush, Pyramid, Lingo, The Great Escape and On the Cover, and has won more than $50,000 and a telescope.

Bellavia won one of the first ever broadband Emmy Awards in 2006 for a series of animated shorts that were produced for ESPN.[6] He was nominated for another Emmy in 2007.[7]


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