Michael Bellavia

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Michael Bellavia is the CEO of Animax Entertainment, a studio that produces and markets video and interactive content. 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 Television Arts and Sciences, a founder of Night Light Interactive and a former mentor at the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab.[1]

He is also an owner of HelpsGood, a social media agency in Los Angeles that works with nonprofits. In October 2012, he co-founded the Million Puppet March that marched on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..[2]

Bellavia is also an improviser at IO West (the Los Angeles outpost of IO Chicago),[3] Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and The Second City in Los Angeles. He has been a contestant on several game shows, including Wheel of Fortune, Smush, Pyramid, Lingo, The Great Escape, and On the Cover, and has won more than $50,000 and a telescope.[citation needed] Bellavia is a producer with more than 30 production credits.[4]

In 2006 Bellavia won one of the first broadband Emmy Awards for a series of animated shorts that were produced for ESPN.[5] Animax was nominated for another Emmy in 2007.[6]


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