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press release: Brown Bag Films announces production of animated holiday special ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS

By Mike Valiquette

Based on the popular children’s story from Pulitzer Prize winning author FRANK McCOURT. Oscar Nominated RUTH NEGGA and Lucy O’Connell set to star. Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films, a subsidiary of 9 Story Media Group, is pleased to announce that it is in production on the animated holiday special, ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS. The half hour CG… »

press release: New Content Focus At Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette

We got this press release a little late, but I thought it would be important to share it. Honestly, I’ve never been very excited about what happens at Nelvana, but this news is interesting. I firmly believe that the real change in our industry towards creator driven production will only occur in a place that… »

from the internets: BRON Studios Expands to London Ontario, Director Kris Pearn at the Helm

By Mike Valiquette

CTV News out of London, Ontario shared a short story featuring Feature Director Kris Pearn, who’s currently working with BC-based BRON Studios on their upcoming feature release, the Willoughbys. Pearn’s a graduate of Sheridan’s animation program, an accomplished story artist with credits like Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, and the upcoming Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm…. »

Good News Department: BOAT ROCKER BUYS JAM FILLED ENTERTAINMENT!!!! WHAT!?!?!

By Mike Valiquette

Could not happen to nicer people. Congrats to Jamie and Phil and Kyle, and congrats to Boat Rocker for having the smarts to see how great a studio they’ve built. BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES JAM FILLED ENTERTAINMENT Animation Studio Behind Multiple Hit US and Canadian Shows Strengthens Media Company’s Animation & Family Content Capabilities August… »

BREAKING NEWS: Arc Productions Files for Bankruptcy (updated)

By Mike Valiquette

This is one of those tough ones. Toronto’s Arc Productions is closed. We were sent a photo just now of a notice taped up to the front door, courtesy of www.torontovfxjobs.com UPDATE (August 5, 2016): The Globe and Mail has the most comprehensive coverage so far of the facts leading up to Arc’s closure. It’s… »

Demo Reels: Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop

By Mike Valiquette

Want to watch another cool reel? Well look no further. Here’s the latest one from Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop. Blame Your Brother is Darren and Geoff Donovan, actual brothers, actual twins, actual crazy talented individuals. Darren’s an animator, Geoff’s a graphic designer. They make a great team. They’re also really nice guys, but don’t… »

DEMO REELS: Tinman Creative Studios

By Mike Valiquette

I’m tired of posting jobs. It’s great, there’s lots of work out there, but sometimes I get buried under the job posts and it feels like that’s all we share around here anymore. Want to watch some demo reels? Some of them are pretty fucking great. Let’s start with my pals at Toronto’s Tinman Creative…. »

press release: Nerds and Monsters Season 2 on YTV

By Mike Valiquette

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS’  NERDS AND MONSTERS SEASON TWO PREMIERES SATURDAY JANUARY 9th at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT ON YTV (Jan. 6, 2016 – Vancouver, Canada) – Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the premiere of the second season of their animated series Nerds and Monsters on Corus Entertainment’s YTV, debuting Saturday,… »

showcase: Mercury Filmworks Holiday Card 2015

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s this year’s offering from Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks. Someone liked Fury Road. Mercury Filmworks 2015 Holiday eCard from Mercury Filmworks on… »

Happy Halloween from Blame Your Brother

By Mike Valiquette

And from us too! Lil’ Ghosty from Blame Your Brother on Vimeo. Great little halloween clip from the guys at Blame Your… »

from the internets: Bento Box Canada is Actually Happening

By Mike Valiquette

In other news, the Hollywood Reporter is sharing news that Primetime/Adult animation powerhouse Bento Box is making good on last year’s announcement about some kind of deal with Corus to open a shop in Canada that will produce animation for the adult market using Canadian talent and funding structures. Here’s the article…. »

from the internets: Bardel gets Bought. Italian Producer Rainbow Announces Purchase of BC Animation House

By Mike Valiquette

Saw this on Kidscreen this morning. Another big buyout for long time animation players here in Canada. Studio B showed the way, selling to DHX back in 2007. Nerdcorps also went to DHX last year. Next up was Atomic. Thunderbird bought them just a few months ago. And now it’s Bardel’s turn. Bardel’s been around… »

Press Release: Portfolio Entertainment Announces Launch of Toronto Production Studio

By Mike Valiquette

(September 21, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – Producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of Portfolio Animation, a creative-driven animation studio equipped with top-tier talent, cutting-edge technology and commitment to excellence. The studio is part of Portfolio’s multi-faceted expansion plan that commenced in 2014 with the installation of a new senior… »

press release: 9 Story Media Group Acquires Award Winning Animation Studio Brown Bag Films

By Mike Valiquette

Ok, this one’s interesting. m Toronto, Canada – August 18th, 2015 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films. With headquarters in Dublin, a studio in Manchester and an office in Los Angeles, Brown Bag Films employ 170 creative and production staff and… »

press release: Atomic Announces Development on Mariachi Zombie

By Mike Valiquette

ATOMIC AND THE UNDEAD TEAM UP:STUDIO PICKS UP MEXICAN ZOMBIE FESTIVAL WINNER FOR NEW SERIES (Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons announced today an agreement to develop  Mariachi Zombie, a new animated comedy series for kids seven to 11. Plans are in the works for 52 x 11′ episodes integrating the best of zombie and mariachi… »

jobby: Head of Studio, Portfolio Entertainment, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

PORTFOLIO ANIMATION is seeking an energetic leader to join our team as Head of Studio. Reporting to the SVP Production, the successful candidate will be responsible to lead the day to day operations of the newly opened animation studio. Situated in the creative hub of Toronto’s King West district, Portfolio Animation develops animated concepts and… »

Events: Tonight in Toronto, Animatic TO presents House of Cool’s Ricardo Curtis

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO continues to present engaging speakers from the animation community. Tonight, it’s  Ricardo Curtis of House of Cool! House of Cool is a world renowned studio that has provided services for such clients as Disney, Blue Sky, Warner Bros, Universal, 20th Century Fox to name a few. Join us as we hear from HoC’s… »

jobby: Atomic Cartoons Open House, March 12th, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Atomic’s hosting a recruiting event and open house at their studio on March 12th, here’s the poster: If you’re in Vancouver and looking to work with some swell folks, here’s your… »

jobby: Arc Casts Recruiting Net Into American Waters

By Mike Valiquette

It looks like exciting times at Toronto’s Arc Productions. They’ve always been a significant employer in the Toronto area, and have hired from outside of Canada on a few occasions before as well. But this announcement looks like they’re making a pretty aggressive push to recruit from an LA talent pool that has seen some… »

press release: Super Simple Learning Teams Up with Tinman Creative Studios to Produce a Wide Range of Pre-School Series Content

By Mike Valiquette

Super Simple Learning, creators of the popular Super Simple Songs YouTube kids channel focusing on  music, learning, and entertainment, is excited to announce it will be expanding into long-form series production over the next 12 months. They’ve teamed up with animation studio Tinman Creative to develop and produce several new animated series about science, animals,… »

Holy Moly! DHX MEDIA TO ACQUIRE NERD CORPS (press release, Holy Moly added by me)

By Mike Valiquette

  DHX MEDIA TO ACQUIRE NERD CORPS Deal adds experienced team, animation capacity and library titles Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, London. 2.12.2014. DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Vancouver-based Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. and… »

events: Halloween Cartoonapalooza! Vancouver!

By Mike Valiquette

Halloween’s here and the fine folks at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver are using it as an opportunity to invite you to the latest edition of CARTOONAPALOOZA! Here’s the… »

press release: NEW NAME FOR 9STORY; 9 Story Entertainment rebrands as 9 Story Media Group Name reflective of new structure, new vision

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – October 10, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment today announced that it has rebranded as 9 Story Media Group, effective immediately. The new corporate name comes shortly after ZM Capital and media entrepreneur Neil Court became equity investors in the organization. “9 Story Media Group better reflects the new structure of the company… »

press release: ATOMIC CARTOONS CIRCLES THE GLOBE THIS FALL WITH INTERNATIONAL MISSION TO INDIA AND TRADE SHOW IN FRANCE

By Mike Valiquette

(Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is continuing its upward trajectory this fall with participation in the B.C./India Trade Mission, as well as offering a strong slate of shows at this year’s key animation industry event, MIPCOM, held in Cannes from October 13 to 16. Trevor Bentley, president of the vibrant animation studio, which has seen… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS Master Post- Animation update #7

By Mike Valiquette

I love this more than most things. Maybe as much as I love sandwiches. Tinman Creative Studios is a wonderful little studio in Toronto run by wonderful people. They make wonderful things. The most wonderful of those things is Super Science Friends. They refer to it as “the show that no one will ever buy”…. »

jobby: Guru Studio at Algonquin College, Wednesday, September 17th

By Mike Valiquette

From the fine folks at Guru Studio: Attention Algonquin Animation Grads and Students: Guru Studio is stopping by the campus for an exclusive recruiting event! Come by, say hi, and bring a friend. We are looking for top notch design and animation talent to join our team! Wednesday Sept. 17th @ 12:00PM,… »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment announces new broadcast deals for the animated comedy NERDS AND MONSTERS

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 15, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has signed multiple deals for Slap Happy Cartoons’ hilarious animated comedy, Nerds and Monsters (40 x 11’). Licenses include TVE (Spain), Canal+ Family (France and Africa), E-Junior (UAE), Noga (Israel) and MBC Kids (Middle East). The show was previously… »

events: CARTOONAPALOOZA for CHEO, Ottawa, September 11th

By Mike Valiquette

We’re big fans of community-building here at CAR, that much should be obvious. Based in Toronto, we kind of take some of it for granted. We’ve got year round events from TAAFI, Animatic TO, various drawing events, art shows, all kinds of reasons to get together. For years now, Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver has been… »

Press release: Media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZM Capital make equity investment in 9 Story Limited

By Mike Valiquette

  I’m going to post this and just let it hang there. This is a big, big move for a company that’s already got unprecedented momentum. It’s hard to imagine that adding one individual to the mix could mean so much to an organization, but Neil Court’s potential impact on the growth of 9Story should… »

Ticket Giveaway in the GTA: Smiley Guy Studios is premiering Warren United on the big screen

By Mike Valiquette

Warren United, the hit British animated comedy about being a working-class supporter cheering on a team that’s totally crap, is coming to the big screen, and Smiley Guy Studios wants to put you in the theatre! We’ve got 10 tickets to offer our readers in the Greater Toronto Area for the event this Thursday, June… »

press release: Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks launches European Production Studio under former Teletoon Content Exec Alan Gregg

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada & Ireland – (May 2, 2014) – Mercury Filmworks, Canada’s premiere animation studio, proudly announces its expansion into Europe’s creative market with former Teletoon content chief, Alan Gregg, at the helm. Citing high demand for its creative services and production pipelines, the move marks a significant step toward accessing a broader talent pool… »

press release: Atomic Cartoons Broadens Creative Focus Under New Creative Director, Luke Carroll

By Mike Valiquette

(Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is revving up investment in generating creative content, with a mandate to develop more original properties and diversify offerings in response to the evolution of the animation and broadcasting industries. To support this new initiative Atomic – known for its service work on series such as Rocket Monkeys, as well… »

press release: More Camp Lakebottom coming from 9Story

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Entertainment Receives 2nd Season Order for Hit Animated Comedy Series CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Toronto, Canada – April 6, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has received a 2nd Season order from TELETOON Canada for an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the hit animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom.  Camp… »

awesome little promo piece from Blame Your Brother

By Mike Valiquette

Blame Your Brother is a great little boutique studio based in Toronto. This is what they do. BYB Morning Coffee from Blame Your Brother on… »

press release: Tricon Kids & Family secures international distribution rights to new children’s series SHUTTERBUGS

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa/Toronto, April 1, 2104 –  Big Jump Productions, Amberwood Entertainment and Tricon Kids & Family are pleased to announce that production is under way on the new animated pre-school series Shutterbugs, developed in association with TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization.  Amberwood and Big Jump Productions will serve as co-executive producers and Tricon as international… »

from the internets: Industrial Light and Magic Expanding in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Had this little piece from Inside Vancouver forwarded to me this morning: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2014/03/20/star-wars-is-officially-coming-to-vancouver/ They’re increasing their presence from 130 employees to approximately 330, and will be taking over the space left vacant went Pixar Canada shut down last year. And yes, they’re going to be working on the next Star Wars trilogy. So if you’ve… »

jobby: DHX Vancouver Recruiting Event: Toronto, February 28 and March 1, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

DHX Media Recruiting Meet & Greet: Feb 28 & Mar 1, Toronto DHX Media Vancouver is making the trek to Toronto in a quest for talented and energetic 2D animation professionals who want to move out West! (You need a break from these Ontario winters, right?) Our Vancouver studio primarily uses Flash, however we are… »

press release: the Return of REBOOT!

By Mike Valiquette

Vancouver’s Rainmaker Entertainment is not only bringing back cult-favourite 90’s CG action show Reboot, but they’re relaunching Mainframe, the studio that produced the series in the first place. Acquired by Rainmaker in 2006, Mainframe had a solid history of delivery high-end CG programming for television. The Mainframe banner will now fly over Rainmaker’s television division,… »

Press Release: Atomic Cartoons goes exclusive with Yeti Farm

By Mike Valiquette

ATOMIC CARTOONS INKS JOINT VENTURE FOR OKANAGAN EXPANSION WITH YETI FARM CREATIVE (Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is pleased to announce a joint venture agreement with Kelowna based animation studio Yeti Farm Creative. The exclusive three year deal, which will be worth up to three million dollars in production value, offers expanding television animation production… »

Press release: Pirate Express, from Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons

By Mike Valiquette

  ATOMIC AND STICKY PICTURES SAIL INTO PRODUCTION ON ORIGINAL SHOW PIRATE EXPRESS (Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons and Australia’s Sticky Pictures are raising anchor and starting production on 26 half hour episodes (52 x 11) of Atomic Cartoons’ original animated television comedy series Pirate Express. The fun-filled pirate show for kids aged 7 to… »

Titmouse is opening a studio in Vancouver, and they’re hiring!

By Mike Valiquette

Grabbed this off Tumblr. Hello Tumblr, it’s PeopleofMotorcity       As some of you may know, I am an animator at Titmouse Inc in Los Angeles.  This studio is responsible for such shows as Motorctiy, Black Dynamite, Superjail, Metalacolypes, Venture Brothers, China IL, Scott Pilgrim Vs the Animation and many others.   Well it… »

press release: 9 Story announces new series for Miptv

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – March XX, 2013 – 9 Story Entertainment announced today its slate of new series and new episodes of returning series for Miptv 2013. *New Nerds and Monsters (40 x 11′) A new animated comedy aimed at 6-11 year olds that tosses a group of nerdy kids on a fantastic uncharted island with… »

press release: Slap Happy Cartoons and Knowledge Network get together for Luna, Chip and Inkie shorts

By Mike Valiquette

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS TO PRODUCE ON-AIR ANIMATED SHORTS FOR KNOWLEDGE NETWORK  (February 28, 2013 – Vancouver, Canada) – Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. has secured a commission from British Columbia’s KNOWLEDGE NETWORK for the production of a series of animated shorts featuring their endearing characters LUNA, CHIP, AND INKIE. Every day from 6… »

press release: 9 Story international distribution division acquires Nerds and Monsters

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – January 28, 2013 – 9 Story Entertainment announces its international distribution division 9 Story Enterprises is expanding to include acquired programming in its catalogue, beginning with the international distribution rights to Slap Happy Cartoon’s new animated series Nerds and Monsters (40×11′).  The series was recently greenlit by Corus Entertainment’s kids and family… »

Nickelodeon launches Animated Comedy Shorts Program

By Mike Valiquette

Nickelodeon is looking for it’s next hit, and like others before it, is putting out the call.  Here’s what their site says: Thank you for your interest in Nickelodeon’s Animated Comedy Shorts Program! We are always looking for new creative talent, innovative concepts, funny characters, and original designs. Most of all, we are thrilled to… »

from the internets: Style 5’s High Five, 2012 year in review

By Mike Valiquette

One of the things I enjoy about this time of year is all the looking back and peering ahead.  Style 5 head honcho, Sam Chou, posted a year in review for 2012, listing off the top 5 highlights of his year.  If you don’t know them, they’re the kind of small shop that always has… »

from the internets: Animation Production Insight, from Echo Bridge

By Mike Valiquette

Steve Valdez runs Echo Bridge Pictures.  They’re a boutique animation studio out of Florida.  Yeah, I know that’s not in Canada, but I’m not going to hold it against him.  Steve’s an honorary Canadian in my book.  I met him a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, an event he tries to… »

press release: Rocket Monkeys premiering next Thursday on Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

Note: The production companies never seem to get a mention in these things.  Rocket Monkeys is being produced at Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons.  Not to diminish the other players, but if this show is a hit, it has as much to do with the extremely talented people at Atomic as is does with anyone else involved…. »

Holiday Awesome! Animated Cards and Artwork from the Canadian Animation Community

By Mike Valiquette

This time of year sees a lot of cool art and animation popping up in people’s in-boxes.  We’re going to try to provide a sampling: You can find this rendition of Old St. Nick on Montreal animator  Veronique Paquette’s blog.                 And Toronto’s Guru Studio sent this little… »

press release: Arc Announces Canterville Ghost as First Original Feature

By Mike Valiquette

DORADO MEDIA AND ARC PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE MULTI-PICTURE PARTNERSHIP The Canterville Ghost to be the first film in slate October 24, 2012 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – Dorado Media and Capital Ltd. and Arc Productions Ltd. have entered into an agreement through which Dorado will facilitate financing for a slate of projects that will be produced at… »

press release: Complete And Utter Global Domination seems to be the plan for 9 Story: Pre-Mipcom Arthur Sales

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Entertainment announces multiple pre-Mipcom sales for newly digitized Arthur season 16 Toronto, Canada – October 2, 2012  – 9 Story Entertainment announces multiple international sales of the 16th season of the award-winning children’s animated series ARTHUR (20×22’HD) to CBC (Canada), CBBC (UK), ABC (Australia) and Noga (Israel). 9 Story became producer and distributor… »

the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

Grojband behind the scenes, from Fresh TV

By Mike Valiquette

The guys at Fresh TV (Total Drama everything) are good at PR.  Right now, over on their blog, they’re sharing some behind the scenes info and images for their newest offering, GrojBand!  Developed by Neptoon Studios, GrojBand! is the latest from Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton. I’m pointing this out because, while it’s not giving… »

a conversation about unpaid internships, part II

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, the comments section  of the site pretty much lit up over postings for unpaid internships by Toronto’s guru studios.  The readership here really got involved, something that I’m always really proud of, and the discussion was generally very constructive.  Guru responded and explained that the posts were a clerical error, and… »

press release: Tinman Creative Studios officially opens

By Mike Valiquette

ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF TINMAN CREATIVE STUDIOS! Morghan Fortier (gemini award winning Bossy Type) has teamed up with Brett Jubinville, (infamously Eclectic Cartoon Doodler), to launch their new animation studio, Tinman Creative. The dynamic Toronto based studio focuses on design & pre-production, and offers full animation production & pipeline development. See more Tinman at www.tinman.tv, and… »

press release: Nerd Corps hires Juli Boylan to head up Consumer Products

By Mike Valiquette

 With original action series SLUGTERRA launching in the fall on Disney XD, Nerd Corps Entertainment has recruited a new nerd to lead its consumer products activities, Juli Boylan. Boylan will be at Toy Fair in New York this week seeking licensees to help move the program forward and support the global launch. Nerd Corps will… »

press release: Jennifer McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as Head of Production

By Mike Valiquette

VANCOUVER, BC October 17, 2011 – Atomic Cartoons Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Jennifer McCarron to the studio’s management team. An award winning animation producer, Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as the Head of Production in October 2011. Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has produced or executive produced dozens of animated… »

press release: TELETOON PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE LANDS AT MERCURY

By Mike Valiquette

Travis Williams leaves Teletoon to head service and co-production development slate at Canada’s Mercury Filmworks August 19, 2011, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Mercury Filmworks announces former Teletoon production executive Travis Williams as the new head of its development team. In 7 years at Teletoon, Williams supervised the development and production of over 300 hours of television… »

Animation in Hamilton, ON

By Mike Valiquette

We mentioned previously that Toronto satellite-city, Hamilton Ontario seems to be growing as a destination for animation studios, with Pipeline VFX and Chuck Gammage Studios recently setting up shop there. Well, word is becoming public that Huminah Huminah Animation Studios, formerly of Nova Scotia, have taken up temporary tenancy with Pipeline while they get themselves… »

DunceBucket’s “the Barber”, by Darren and Geoffrey Donovan

By Mike Valiquette

Yesterday, Warren posted one of the shorts from DunceBucket, one of the stronger pilots from the first Teletoon Pilot Project.  Today, I’m posting another, the Barber.  It’s short, bloody, and stylish, and was put together by Darren and Geoffrey Donovan, the brothers behind Blame Your Brother studio in Toronto.  Check ’em out here. The Barber… »

non-canadian: yeah, ok…Pixar’s pretty cool

By Mike Valiquette

New York Times goes to Emeryville. The embed code didn’t work, sorry.  Follow the link for a rare look inside the Pixar campus.  Those are some happy, fullfilled… »

press release: Atomic Cartoons adds Rob Simmons to Executive Team, Partnership

By Mike Valiquette

Industry Finance veteran becomes partner at Atomic Cartoons VANCOUVER, BC November 8, 2010 – Atomic Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Rob Simmons to the company’s executive team. During his years as a finance and business affairs executive in animation, Rob has structured and executed multiple international treaty co-productions and joint ventures… »

Official word on Bob Jaques from Mercury Filmworks

By Mike Valiquette

September 29, 2010 REN & STIMPY DIRECTOR LANDS AT MERCURY Mercury Filmworks is excited to announce the addition of acclaimed director Bob Jaques (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Cartoon Party, The Oblongs, Family Guy, Robot Boy, Woody Woodpecker, Cow & Chicken, The Baby Huey Show, Ren & Stimpy) to its… »

Cat in the Hat premiere, tomorrow on Treehouse at 5:30 pm

By Mike Valiquette

There was an article in the Toronto Star the other day featuring an interview with Martin Short and his take on voicing the title character in the New Cat in the Hat knows a Lot About That animated series.  What the article doesn’t mention, is that this series is being produced here in Canada through… »

Starz Animation for sale

By Mike Valiquette

Our friend Mark Mayerson posted this little tidbit on his blog the other day: Toronto’s Starz For Sale Variety is reporting that Starz Media, which consists of Overture, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Film Roman and Starz Animation are for sale. The companies are available as a group or separately. Starz was formerly owned by IDT and… »

CORE Digital, assets auction TOMORROW! preview today, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Today’s day one of the CORE auction.  AS of 10 am this morning, the assets of CORE Digital are available for preview for tomorrow’s auction.  I posted a few weeks ago about this, but consider this your reminder. More info can be found through Hilco Asset Sales Canada, for more info contact fguida@hilcocanada.com, or call… »

Voltron Relaunch being produced in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the press release from yesterday regarding the relaunch of the giant-robot adventure show Voltron: Animation prodco World Events Productions (WEP) and Classic Media are teaming to re-launch the Voltron brand in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original Voltron series, which first aired in 1984. Effective immediately, Classic Media will helm international distribution… »

press release: Guru Studio recognizes Kevin Parry’s ‘The Arctic Circle’ with Best Character Animation Award

By Mike Valiquette

Guru Studio recognizes Kevin Parry’s ‘The Arctic Circle’ with Best Character Animation Award Toronto, May 12, 2010 – Guru Studio has once again partnered with Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning to nurture emerging animation talent. As an ongoing sponsor of the college’s Animation Industry Day, Guru Studio presents its 2010 Best Character… »

press release:Guru Studio produces animated music video for Crash Karma’s hit single Fight

By Mike Valiquette

April 28, 2010 – Soviet-era poster propaganda comes to life in Guru Studio’s latest animated music video for Crash Karma’s hit single Fight. Produced for The Management Trust and E1 Entertainment, Fight is set to premiere today on Much Music and can be viewed at www.gurustudio.com/karmaLarge.php “High-quality animated music videos are a rare breed to… »

Press Release: Guru Studio expands, hires former CORE tooner, Aaron Linton

By Mike Valiquette

April 26, 2010 – Toronto-based Guru Studio welcomes its latest recruit Aaron Linton to its production team. Linton, who headed up the Toons division at C.O.R.E. Digital, joins Guru Studio as part of the Justin Time team. Justin Time is an energetic pre-school show developed by Guru Studio in production for Family Channel and Playhouse… »

Pixar Canada is open for business

By Mike Valiquette

Articles here and here. The second link has a video that Pixar made for the announcement. I’ll post more… »

guru studios’ HAZED at Pictoplasma

By Mike Valiquette

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAZED screens at Pictoplasma in Berlin April 8, 2010 – Guru Studio’s HAZED, an animated black comedy with an underhanded environmental message, was selected for the Pictoplasma Characters in Motion Film Festival in Berlin. The short film, produced by Toronto-based Guru Studio (gurustudio.com), is slated to screen April 10 as part of… »

CORE Digital closure update, Now with more Shatner, UPDATED @ 2:25pm, 11:40 pm

By Mike Valiquette

March 17, 2010 9:30 am: A source out of Toronto provided me with some information this morning. The problem, inarguably, is that CORE was in debt, pehaps as high as 2 million in debt. According to my source, management had worked out an agreeement with the province to bail them out, basically step in and… »

CORE Digital closure coverage, updated March 16, 3:30 pm

By Mike Valiquette

March 16th, 2010 The news is finally starting to break elsewhere. Amid at Cartoon Brew got the word out to his readers yesterday, and linked back to our coverage. Now you can find news bits here (Holywood Reporter), and Playback will be running something this afternoon. There isn’t anything new to report as of yet…. »

Cookie Jar cuts 35 animation jobs

By Mike Valiquette

More bad news folks.  Sorry to be the one who brings it to you.  Etan Vlessing sent me the link today so I’m going to repaste it here (via Hollywood Reporter) Cookie Jar cuts 35 animation jobs Canadian indie producer eyes more live-action production By Etan Vlessing March 16, 2010, 12:00 PM ET TORONTO —… »

C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures closes doors, UPDATED @ 5:10, 6:15pm, 10:05pm

By Mike Valiquette

March 15, 2010 4:52 pm: This is pretty much breaking news right now, here’s what my source in Toronto tells me: “C.O.R.E. digital pictures just kicked everyone out and locked the doors. They are in receivership”. Aparently the staff was escorted out today. That’s all I know so far, if anyone has info to share,… »

Press Release: Atomic Cartoons wins both Pixie and Producer

By Mike Valiquette

Vancouver, B.C. Canada – Atomic Cartoons’ Director, Tyler Schroeder, recently brought home a Pixie Award to the Olympic city for his stellar work on Mythunderstood, a short format animated cartoon created and directed by Schroeder and produced by Atomic. The Pixie Awards is sponsored by the American Pixel Academy and judging is done by professionals… »

A conversation with Gene Fowler: What’s the opposite of outsourcing?

By Mike Valiquette

I got word the other day that Gene Fowler and his gang at Loogaroo had just picked up a gig from a company out of Singapore.  Never one to miss an opportunity, I hit him up on MSN to find out more about it.  Gene was good enough to indulge my questions and even drew… »

Life after animation: Vic Atkinson

By Mike Valiquette

This popped up in a search today.  It’s a short post about Vic Atkinson, who used to be a big name in animation here in Ottawa.  Seems Vic paints now. A few more strokes of the keyboard and I came across Vic’s website.  Here’s what his “about” section says: Vic Atkinson was born in London,… »

Cartoon Brew interviews Ottawa’s Chris Dainty, Dainty Productions

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been chatting with Chris lately about this very stuff, so props to Amid for getting down to a full-on interview. Here’s the lead-in: As the iPhone user base continues to expand, smaller animation studios and indie animators are discovering a promising new distribution platform. One example is Ottawa-based animation studio Dainty Productions, which recently… »

Pixar Canada, small update

By Mike Valiquette

Dylan Brown is the Creative Director.  Apparently he put in an appearance at VFS to discuss the opening of the studio.  If anyone has details, I’d love to hear… »

Pixar Canada on the interweb!

By Mike Valiquette

Pixar Vancouver will now be known as Pixar Canada.  You can see for yourself at www.pixarcanada.com. The jobs posted here before are up along with a hiring schedule.  It’s a little vague, but so far it looks like winter 2009: IT, Software Engineers, and Finance.  The next listing says spring/summer 2010: Modeling, Shading, Rigging, Animation,… »

Funbag Animation post-script, New Bike Entertainment secures assets

By Mike Valiquette

Funbag Animation Studios was a mainstay of the Ottawa animation scene from 1993 to January of 2007, when the partners decided to close shop and go their seperate ways.  Funbag had started out in the service business, like so many others, and had made the transition over to producing their own shows, like For Better… »

The Promise of 1981, a look at what might have been

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson posted scans of an old article about then up-and-comer, Nelvana, to his blog (must reading for anyone who gives a crap about animation in Canada).  It’s an interesting read about a company that had to take a very different direction in order to… »

from the internets

By Mike Valiquette

Studio B’s Kid VS Kat gets second season from Disney XD Intermedium, by Alain Huynh, in competition for the third annual enRoute Film Festival.  Sounds cool, the films are all screened on airplanes. Cinar legal legacy just won’t fade.  Now it’s turning into a political scandal. Almost Naked Animals entering production at 9 Story Entertainment. … »

Rumour-killer, March Entertainment, Sudbury

By Mike Valiquette

There was some grapevining last week that March Entertainment had closed up it’s shop in Sudbury. A friend of mine from that neck of the woods found that odd, as there’d been no word of it locally, signs were still up, and generally things looked normal. So I went straight to Dan Hawes, President and… »

More from Ottawa, Amberwood is excited about their Gemini Noms!

By Mike Valiquette

I know I already posted the Gemini nominations, but I’m going to single out my friends at Amberwood on their multiple nominations for Rollbots. I’m old pals with Craig Young over there, and I’ve spoken with him extensively about this show, and what it means to the company and their future. Amberwood went out on… »

Mark Capello VS Cartoon Conrad, the interview

By Mike Valiquette

Repeated contributor, Mr Mark Capello(in bold), recently sat down with Luke Conrad and Adam King, the principals at Cartoon Conrad in Sackville NS. The three discuss animation, the growth of Cartoon Conrad, Jesus, and Simon Cowell. I just want to start this interview by asking you guys about Cartoon Conrad, what are the types of… »

The Insatiable Mr. Banks, formerly from Fatkat, now from Loogaroo

By Mike Valiquette

video after the jump. The Insatiable Mr.Banks from Loogaroo on… »

Toonboom and House of Cool talk Storyboard Pro

By Mike Valiquette

Toonboom did a promotional piece a while back for their Storyboard Pro software.  They posted a video, that I can’t imbed, interviewing the principals at Toronto’s House of Cool: Ricardo Curtis, Founder and President, Wesley Lui, Co-founder and Director of Operations and Andrew Ng, Television Story Supervisor. The interview is definitely a promo, but it… »

Mark Cappello and M-A Kuttner, part II

By Mike Valiquette

Second and final part of Mark Capello’s interview with M-A Kuttner former honcho at Collideascope Digital Pictures. (Mark Cappello in italics) How do you think the closing of Collideascope and even more recently Fatkat has affected the ‘decision makers’ in Toronto with regards to their perception of Atlantic Canada’s ability to produce full series? Do… »

Ottawa’s Boomstone Animation closes doors

By Mike Valiquette

Received a message from Lee Williams, owner of Boomstone Animation in Ottawa over the weekend. Hey Mike, Now it’s my turn. as of today after 13 years I’ve put Boomstone on hiatus. The studio was closed today and the equipment was donated. Time to seek something new. Lee Boomstone’s been around awhile here in Ottawa,… »

Weekend reading, an interview with Michael-Andreas Kuttner, co-founder and former COO of Collideascope Digital Productions, part I

By Mike Valiquette

Friend to the site, and now contributor, Mark Cappello recently took the time to have a lengthy and probing conversation with Michael-Andreas Kuttner, formerly of Collideascope Digital Productions, the now defunct studio from Nova Scotia. Collideascope was the biggest shop on the east coast, and it’s closure came as a shock to the industry. Their… »

Ubisoft to Toronto, 800 jobs

By Mike Valiquette

Just got this news(via thestar.com) Video game producer Ubisoft is opening a shop in Toronto, creating 800 jobs over ten years.  The province is dumping ovr 260 million over the ten year period to support the venture, with Ubisoft (of Montreal) investing 500 million into the studio.  This should give us all some idea of… »

Huminah Huminah article

By Mike Valiquette

Normally I’d file this under the “from the internets” banner, but I wanted to draw attention to a few things in this piece on Adam Mimnagh and Huminah Huminah Animation in Nova Scotia (vi thechronicleherald.ca). The piece tells a story that has become familiar to many of us in the industry.  An animator finds himself… »

Janice Jacobs to Guru Studio

By Mike Valiquette

(Toronto) Guru has announced that Janice Jacobs is stepping into the role of producer for their episodic and film department. According to Frank Falcone, Creative Director at Guru, “Janice possesses tremendous attention to detail along with the ability to manage demanding and complex productions. She will be a great asset to guru at a time… »

Official word on Fatkat closure

By Mike Valiquette

Well, as reported here last night, Fatkat Animation, of Miramichi, NB, is closed. Word went up on the studio blog today from Gene Fowler. Here’s some of what he had to say: Alot of stuff has happened in the 10 years that the Fatkat brand has been kicking around, though mostly all in the last… »

Fatkat closes doors

By Mike Valiquette

Gene Fowler posted to his LinkedIn profile last night: closing down Fatkat and ramping up Loogaroo. Oh the life of an Entrepreneur! Over on Facebook, his work info now lists him as Executive Producer at Loogaraoo, which he describes as: a new start up company picking up where Fatkat left off. But with more deliciousness…. »

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