Atom.com

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Atom.com
TypeHumor, film website
IndustryOnline video entertainment, film
Founded1998
FounderMika Salmi
Defunct2012
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
ParentViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (ViacomCBS)
Websiteatom.com

Atom.com (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]

Buyout[edit]

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 Shockwave.com.[14] The buyout occurred shortly after negotiations against and subsequently with Google to purchase YouTube. In 2012, Atom.com was absorbed into Comedy Central, and was renamed CC Studios.

References[edit]

  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.
  5. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/2006/08/10/viacoms-mtv-unit-buys-atom-entertainment-for-its-film-gaming-web-sites/9ee20b7c-da10-4441-9a8a-ba84396167da/
  6. ^ https://magazine.wharton.upenn.edu/issues/anniversary-issue/a-vc-with-a-silcon-touch-michael-l-moritz-wg-78/
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/30/movies/now-playing-short-stories-at-a-web-theater-near-you.html?referringSource=articleShare
  8. ^ https://www.screendaily.com/atomfilms-trusts-in-sundance-short/401111.article
  9. ^ https://www.lesechos.fr/2002/02/mika-salmi-atomshockwave-va-diffuser-les-prochains-episodes-daardman-animations-684134
  10. ^ https://variety.com/2000/digital/news/aardman-s-angry-at-atomfilms-site-1117780457/
  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2000/mar/23/news.davidlynch
  12. ^ https://ew.com/article/2000/11/07/atomfilmscom-official-site-star-wars-spoofs/
  13. ^ https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Lights-sabers-action-Star-Wars-fan-films-2672067.php
  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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