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Type of businessLimited liability company
Type of site
Animation studio
FoundedJanuary 2006
Key peopleUri Shinar, Founder & CEO
URLAniboom Facebook page
(required to upload, rate, and comment on videos)
LaunchedNovember 24, 2006 (2006-11-24)
Current statusDefunct

Aniboom was an online animation studio which distributed independent animated short films and occasionally co-produced them.[1][2] It was founded in 2006 by former Israeli television executive Uri Shinar.[3][1] Within three years, over 13,000 clips were released through the studio, at which point The New York Times described Aniboom's business structure as perhaps the largest example of crowdsourcing in the entertainment industry.[3]

The studio's website went live in late September, 2006. Its official launch was not announced however, until November 24 of that year.[4] The launch was accompanied by a contest, running through January 30 of the following year, in which the creators of the website's most highly rated films up to that point received monetary prizes.[4][5] Over the following years, similar contests were held,[6][7] and Aniboom expanded its online presence to include channels on Joost and YouTube.[2][6] In 2008, the studio raised $10 million in investor funding.[8]

The Aniboom short "Live Music" was picked up by Sony for theatrical distribution in 2009, as an opener for Planet 51.[3] The same year, Aniboom ran a competition in partnership with the Fox Broadcasting Company – the best holiday themed short film, as chosen by Fox executives, would win $15,000 and the possibility of a development deal.[3][9][10] The contest was won by Jay Malone for the short film Santa Intervention.[11][12]

As of 2016 the official website has closed and the official YouTube channel has been terminated.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Roi Carthy (January 11, 2008). "AniBoom's Animation-Studio Ambitions". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Michele Gershberg (August 20, 2007). "Animation site Animboom launches YouTube channel". Reuters. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Barnes, Brooks (2009-07-16). "An Animated Film Is Created Through Internet Consensus". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ a b Michael Arrington (November 23, 2006). "Animated Short Films on AniBoom". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ aniBoom staff. "aniBoom Awards 2006". AniBoom. Archived from the original on December 10, 2006.
  6. ^ a b Erick Schonfeld (October 10, 2007). "AniBoom Gets Its Own Channel on Joost". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Annemarie Moody (September 18, 2008). "Third Annual Aniboom Awards Open For Submissions". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Erick Schonfeld. "Aniboom Believed to Raise $10 Million from DFJ". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  9. ^ Erick Schonfeld (May 18, 2009). "Fox Television Tries To Crowdsource Cartoons Through Aniboom". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Tom McLean (May 18, 2009). "Fox, Aniboom Seek Holiday Special Ideas". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  11. ^ aniBoom staff. "FOX-Aniboom Holiday Animation Challenge: Grand Prize Winner – Jay Malone". aniBoom. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010.
  12. ^ Matt Kapko (November 23, 2009). "Fox to Award Development Deal to Winner of Fox-Aniboom Holiday Animation Challenge". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 17, 2016.

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