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Atom.com is moving from its headquarters in San Francisco to relocate to Los Angeles, employees were told via an internal memo today. Of roughly 22 employees, all but two have been invited to move down with the company. It will be a phased move that will […]

Atom.com is moving from its headquarters in San Francisco to relocate to Los Angeles, employees were told via an internal memo today. Of roughly 22 employees, all but two have been invited to move down with the company. It will be a phased move that will start in June and go through August. When in LA, the company will be split amongst offices in Century City and Santa Monica.

As a former employee of Atom, I know the writing has been on the wall for a move like this for a long time. AtomFilms, as it was formerly known, started in Seattle and moved down to San Francisco to merge with Shockwave.com during the dot-com bust. That geographic move made sense when online video was just beginning and technology played a bigger role. Now that online video is more ubiquitous, and now that Atom is part of Comedy Central, being closer to entertainment infrastructure and talent makes sense. (Sorry, San Francisco, you’re just not that funny.)

With Atom’s second move happening during an even bigger economic breakdown, there are financial benefits as well. Being closer to Comedy Central and Spike will allow the companies to better share and utilize resources.

The relocation news comes on the heels of Atom founder Mika Salmi’s announcement he will be leaving parent company Viacom at the end of this month.

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  1. Kinda sucks for employees who have families and/or don’t want to move. Will they be offered housing like our enlisted men and women?

    1. Not sure about that. I know a bunch of people over there still in that exact same situation.

  2. Looks like we’ll have new folks in the cubes next to me No engineers though… :(

  3. Jason Sereno Saturday, May 2, 2009

    Chris – I’d love to be a part of the new Atom hub in Los Angeles, but don’t see much point in applying via the corporate web site. Do you know anyone still over there? I have the credits and the talent. Let me sign you up for a Beer of the Month Club or something in return for any help you can give me. Our time is now.

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