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Iginio Straffi is an Italian animator popularly known for creating the animated series, 'Winx Club' and 'Huntik: Secrets & Seekers.'
Also, he is the co-creator of its comic book series 'Maya Fox.' During the '90s, Straffi used to work as a comic book illustrator. After that, in 1995, Iginio Straffi founded the Rainbow studio, which he co-owns alongside the American media production company Paramount Global.
Iginio Straffi is the co-owner of the Italian animation studio Rainbow SpA. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated at $1.3 million.
Iginio Straffi has not yet publicly disclosed his annual earnings and spending habits.
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Iginio Straffi was born on May 30, 1965, in Gualdo, Macerata, Italy. As of 2022, he is 57 years old. Iginio Straffi belongs to the Italian nationality, and his zodiac sign is Gemini.
Iginio Straffi was born in Gualdo, Macerata, Marche, Italy. His father was British, and his mother was Italian, with whom he moved to Italy at age three. Since a young age, Straffi was interested in illustrating comic books, and by age seven, he started drawing his own funny stories. In 1973, Straffi moved to the nearby city of Macerata along with his family at age seven. Regarding his education, Straffi often drew comic stories in high school and participated in art competitions, such as one held by the comic magazine Totem. While he continued to develop his art skills, Straffi further studied Literature and Modern Languages at the University of Macerata.
Iginio Straffi is married to Joanne Lee. Straffi met Lee in 1997 during a trip to Lee's native Singapore, and the couple tied the knot several years later. Straffi and Lee have a daughter named Isotta.
In the early phase of his career, Iginio Straffi worked in the comic book industry and collaborated on several funny stories with magazines and publishing houses. Straffi created a comic book series 'Nick Raider,' as he was the lead creative artist of the fictional character Nick Raider.
In 1992, Straffi moved to France for a storyboarding job at the Telcima animation studio. After becoming experienced with each stage of the animation production process, Straffi returned to Italy. With the financial assistance of Giuseppe Casali and Lamberto Pigini, Straffi founded Rainbow SpA in 1995 with 10,000 euros, which they mainly used to purchase computers and software for digital design.
In 2004, Straffi's creation 'Winx Club' premiered on Italy's Rai 2. Initially, Straffi wrote the series plot to last no more than 78 episodes (three seasons). Later he decided to extend the series for an additional season in 2008 due to the show's increasing popularity. Meanwhile, Winx Club's international success attracted the attention of the American media company Viacom. In February 2011, Viacom became a Rainbow co-owner, leading to the worldwide distribution of Rainbow's shows through Viacom's network of subsidiaries. Viacom's Nickelodeon studios have co-produced various projects with Rainbow studio, including additional seasons of 'Winx Club,' and 'Club 57' in 2019.
His other creations include the animated television series 'Huntik: Secrets & Seekers,' (which premiered in 2009). Also, Iginio Straffi is the co-creator of the horror comic book series 'Maya Fox' (first published in 2008). In 2012, Straffi's first original animated film, 'Gladiators Of Rome,' opened In Italy. However, the film performed poorly at the box office, earning about $10 million worldwide. As of 2019, Straffi serves as executive producer for 'Fate' and as a producer for Nickelodeon's 'Club 57.'
In 2005, Iginio Straffi won the Pinocchio Award in the Best Youth Program Director category at the Torino Film Festival for his work in the animated series 'Winx Club.' The same year, Iginio Straffi won the Pulcinella Award in the Animation Studio of the Year category at Cartoons on the Bay for the animated series 'Winx Club.' Later in 2013, at Los Angeles Italia Film Festival, US, Iginio Straffi won the Italia Excellence Award for the animated series 'Winx Club.' Again at Cartoons on the Bay, Iginio Straffi received the Pulcinella Award in the Pulcinella Special Award category for 'Winx Club' in 2014.
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