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TypeHumor, film website
IndustryOnline video entertainment, film
FounderMika Salmi
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
ParentViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (ViacomCBS) (formerly AtomFilms) was a broadband entertainment network offering original short subject movies, animations, and series by independent creators.[1][2][3] The company was founded in 1998 in Seattle by Mika Salmi.[4] Sequoia Capital, led by Michael Moritz, was the lead investor in Atom Films.[5][6]

Atom Films was the first online video platform for Oscar winners Jason Reitman,[7][8] Aardman Animation,[9][10] and David Lynch.[11] It was the first site to work with a major intellectual property rights owner to allow derivative works by the general public when it created a partnership with George Lucas and LucasFilm for The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards in November 2000.[12][13]


On August 10, 2006, Atom Entertainment was bought by ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks with all its properties, including AtomFilms, Addicting Games, Addicting Clips (renamed AtomUploads) and[14] The buyout occurred shortly after negotiations against and subsequently with Google to purchase YouTube. In 2012, was absorbed into Comedy Central, and was renamed CC Studios.


  1. ^ Marriott, Michel (April 29, 2004). "NEWS WATCH: ENTERTAINMENT; Hurtling Onto Your Hard Drive, Short Films on Demand". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Lyman, Rick (March 27, 2000). "MEDIA; Hollywood Greets Online Entrepreneurs". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Harmon, Amy (December 16, 2000). "COMPANY NEWS; SHOCKWAVE.COM SETS ATOMFILMS TAKEOVER". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Houston, Frank (June 15, 2000). "Hollywood Flirts With Short Films on the Web". The New York Times.
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  14. ^ Ahrens, Frank (August 10, 2006). "Viacom's MTV unit buys Atom Entertainment for its film, gaming web sites". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2006.

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