Experience

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Spike TV: Senior Designer, Animator

As part of the promo design team for 7 years, I crafted new and returning properties to fit into the overall Spike brand identity. I contributed art direction, design, animation style and logo design. I worked on two brand re-designs and a brand refresh for Spike as well as the designing the logo and branding for Bellator MMA, an international mixed martial arts league.

 

Mantra: Art Director, Animator

Mantra was a small motion design studio servicing Viacom networks as well as ESPN and NYC agencies. I worked closely with the Creative Director, Fred Salkind, on a wide range of projects.

 

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Showtime: Designer and Animator

After graduating School of Visual Arts in 2006, I applied for an internship at Showtime and after was promptly hired as a freelance designer and animator under Christina Black to work on promoting the brand. I was lucky to work on the "Brace Yourself" campaign and learn what it's like to work with talented individuals. 

 

Paxen Films: Partner and Creative Director

Paxen is a small collective with my brother, Mike Rizzo, and childhood friends Mike Strandberg and Brian Strandberg. We created award-winning music videos and short films that screened in local Brooklyn film festivals as well as mockumentaries about the neighborhood Bay Ridge called Bay Rizz.

 

Education

School of Visual Arts, New York, Graduated 2006
BFA Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Motion Graphics