Forbes 30 Under 30: Cleveland-Born Animator Chaz Bottoms Illustrating A Diverse Future

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SOURCE: Greater Cleveland Partnership | Laura DeMarco
February 20, 2023

CBA is one of the few Black-founded animation studios in Hollywood

Cleveland-born animator Chaz Bottoms didn’t think he was going to make the cut for Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2023.

“I nominated myself in the summer and then I didn’t hear anything. I remember the day before the full list came out, I was thinking, ‘I must not have gotten in,’ because they would have contacted me beforehand.

“But the next morning I woke up to so many congrats messages. It was a cool way to find out. It felt surreal.”

Bottoms, 27, was honored for founding L.A.-based boutique animation company CBA Studios.

”As one of the few Black-founded animation studios in the world, CBA works with diverse artists connected by the love of Black culture. Built as a completely virtual studio, he’s directed and produced projects for Disney, John Legend, Steve Harvey, Lil Nas X, Lebron James, Hulu, Adult Swim and Sesame Street,” states the Forbes website in the “Hollywood & Entertainment” category.

Bottoms will be in Cleveland for the Forbes Under 30 Summit in October. But he’s certain to visit The Land before that. His hometown has played an important role in his creative development. And, he’s got a lot of family here, including his father, Chris Howse, President and CEO of Howse Solutions and member of GCP’s Board of Directors, who was an inspiration and tireless supporter.