Vancouver’s Mainframe Studios is opening a new virtual studio in Toronto.
Known for its award-winning CG-animated productions, Mainframe Studios has grown from 400 to over 650 people since 2020 and continues to grow with new opportunities including a Spin Master project.
Mainframe has produced 1,200+ episodes, 70+ movies and three feature films. The studio harnesses the creative power of its global talent base, along with the latest innovative technology, to create top-tier animated productions for broadcasters, clients and partners.
Recent projects include Madagascar: A Little Wild for DreamWorks Animation, Octonauts specials, along with Knowledge Network special Luna, Chip & Inkie: The Festival of Wishes, Mattel’s Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, and the Netflix Original Series Spy Kids: Mission Critical.
Mainframe’s Ontario-based leadership team already includes 2-time Emmy-winning producer, Tanya Green as the Head of Preschool, Jennifer Bradley as Director of 2D Production and Christine Huot as Manager, People and Culture along with a number of talented artists currently working on Mainframe productions.
Mainframe President and Chief Creative Officer, Michael Hefferon said, “We’ve had a record-breaking year in so many respects; continuing to work with global A-list clients such as DreamWorks on industry-acclaimed projects such as Madagascar: A Little Wild, while also building on our incredible culture by recruiting award-winning talent in animation.”
“We’ve had our eye on the amazing talent in Eastern Canada for years,” stated Mainframe Executive Vice President, Kim Dent Wilder. “In addition to our Global Studio Pipeline, our recent growth speaks to Mainframe’s strong position to manage projects, attract great talent and provide the necessary tools for artists including the ability to collaborate virtually across Canada.”
Mainframe’s commitment to a long-term work from home strategy provides flexibility to its teams with a strong focus on work-life balance. This approach will provide opportunities for talent across Ontario.
In the last four years, Mainframe has produced three original properties, and currently boasts 12 titles in production, including 11 CG series and the studio’s first 2D animated series, The Guava Juice Show, a YouTube Originals slated for release in late 2021.