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Iginio Straffi (born May 30, 1965 in Gualdo (MC), Italy) is the founder of the Rainbow S.p.A. studio. He is the creator of the Winx Club series, its two spin-offs, and Huntik, as well as the co-creator of Maya Fox. Straffi is also the producer of Club 57.
BackgroundBorn and raised in the Marche region of Italy, he started professional work in the field of comic book drawing for Italian publishers Comics Art and later Sergio Bonelli Editore, where he mostly worked on the Nick Raider series. His work was also occasionally featured in the Métal Hurlant and Comic Art magazines. At age 27, he moved to France to work on storyboarding production and directed several animated TV series and feature films.
He moved back to his native Marche in 1995, when he founded the Rainbow animation studio, initially providing services for other studios, but eventually producing its first original product: the Tommy and Oscar animated CD (1996) and later TV series (1999). His most successful creation, Winx Club, debuted in 2004 and became a worldwide success, now broadcast in over 130 countries, including Europe, the United States and most of Asia. Aside from its headquarters near Loreto, Rainbow created branch offices in Rome and Singapore. In 2011, the American giant Viacom became a co-owner of Rainbow alongside Iginio Straffi.
In 2008, Iginio Straffi designed and co-created Rainbow's Maya Fox series of horror comics. In 2009, another show created, directed, and produced by Straffi premiered: Huntik. In 2012, Iginio Straffi directed and produced the animated film Gladiators of Rome, which opened in Italy in October 2012. Most recently, Iginio Straffi produced Nickelodeon's Club 57 live-action series.
Creations & Works
|Tommy and Oscar||Co-Creator/Director||2000|
|Huntik: Secrets & Seekers||Creator/Director||2009-2011|
|Gladiators of Rome||Director/Writer/Producer||2012|
|Maggie & Bianca: Fashion Friends||Creator/Director||2016-2017|
|World of Winx||Creator/Director||2016-2017|
|Fate: The Winx Club Saga||Creator/Executive Producer||2020-present|
- In an Interview, it was mentioned that Iginio's favorite Winx is Flora.