Lix Media was an American animation studio founded in 2014. The studio is notable for its extensive use of 2D flash animation with CGI animated backgrounds.
Lix Media was founded in 2014 by Jake Sharratt at Lix Animation Digital. The studio was notable for its extensive use of 2D flash animation with CGI animated backgrounds. On April 30, 2015, Lix Media announced to make feature films with Hasbro Studios.
During 2015, Lix Media opened animation facilities in Paris, Malaysia, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and transferred most of the employees in the New York studio to Los Angeles, leaving the New York office with 17 employees.
In January 15, 2017, Lix Media announced to discontinue production on films based on intellectual properties; such as book adaptations, continuations for TV shows and movies and films based on toys. However, the projects already in production or development (except for the TV series Greenuts in the House) were transferred to the parent company Lix Animation Digital and their partner Clearwater Animation. The same day, it sold its non-US studios to Clearwater. In January 30, 2017, Clearwater Animation announced to acquire the Los Angeles office and its employees, with 15 employees from its New York studio, leaving Geo Media with just 2 employees in New York.
On February 2nd, 2017, Lix Media filed under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
On March 19, an anonymous ex-employee stated that the reason for the acquisitions being approved without Viacom's permission were because Richard Stevens and Jared "Nitro" Nitzen were being treated as contracted workers rather than employees. Paramount had, reportedly, blocked access to their corporate e-mail and phone systems, thus restricting their communications. Paramount also threatened legal action to anyone who revealed how they were treated behind the scenes. Viacom faced major backlash due to this treatment of empolyees formerly employed by Lix Media, and Viacom cancelled the lawsuit not long afterwards.
Richard Stevens left Lix Media on March 23rd, to work at Clearwater Animation, leaving only Jared Nitzen, lead animator, musician and voice actor, to operate the studio. However, it was merged into Clearwater Animation Florida in December 2017.
|Title||Release date||Production Companies||References|
|Kick & Gunther: Rainbow Rocks||November 13, 2015 (theatrical)|
December 4, 2015 (film festival)
December 18, 2015 (Australia)
|Zoona and Roni: The Mission of Pizzazzle||July 26, 2016||co-produced with Nickelodeon Movies and Titmouse|
- ↑ Geo G. (July 17, 2015). "WildC.A.T.S. Movie was cancelled and became a live-action project and moved to Warner Bros. and Castle Rock Entertainment".