|Type||Humor, film website|
|Industry||Online video entertainment, film|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Parent||ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (ViacomCBS)|
Atom.com (formerly AtomFilms) was a broadband entertainment network offering original short subject movies, animations, and series by independent creators. The company was founded in 1998 in Seattle by Mika Salmi. Sequoia Capital, led by Michael Moritz, was the lead investor in Atom Films.
Atom Films was the first online video platform for Oscar winners Jason Reitman, Aardman Animation, and David Lynch. 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.
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. 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.
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- 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.