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Former Illumination Exec Amir Nasrabadi to Head DHX Media’s Vancouver Animation Studio

Industry veteran, with long stints at Illumination, Paramount Animation and DisneyToon Studios, is named executive vice president and general manager of the Canadian production house. 

HALIFAX, NS -- DHX Media has announced that veteran animation industry executive Amir Nasrabadi has been named executive vice president and general manager. Nasrabadi, who brings with him over 20 years of experience in production, operations, finance and strategy, will be joining company’s animation studio in Vancouver, BC. He will assume his role effective June 10, 2019, and will be reporting to Josh Scherba, President. Nasrabadi will oversee all animation production at the studio while working closely with DHX Media’s creative, content and brands teams.

“As a well-known and respected figure in the animation community, who brings a wealth of industry experience, Amir is an ideal executive to lead the talented team at our Vancouver animation studio,” commented Josh Scherba, president, DHX Media. “We believe Amir’s history as head of Pixar Canada in Vancouver, as well as his time in management with Illumination, Paramount and Disney will deliver tremendous value to our business. We couldn’t be more delighted that Amir is coming back to Vancouver, and we look forward to welcoming him to the DHX Media team.”

“Vancouver is such a fantastic city for animation, and I am thrilled to be joining DHX Media to be part of the exciting work being done at their world-class studio,” Nasrabadi added. “I hear the studio is a dog-friendly work space as well, so my mini-dachshund Dot will fit right in!”

Nasrabadi brings extensive experience in production, operations, finance and strategy in the animation and visual effects industry. He was EVP of finance and operations for Illumination, leading all aspects of operations, IT, finance, planning, competitive and industry analysis, and business development. Prior to Illumination, he was SVP of production at Paramount Animation. Before Paramount, Nasrabadi worked for 15 years with The Walt Disney Studios, where he was VP finance and operations for DisneyToon Studios, and then in 2009, launched and ran Pixar Canada in Vancouver. As VP and general manager of Pixar Canada, Nasrabadi oversaw all production.

Mr. Nasrabadi started his career with Deloitte & Touche in 1993 as a CPA. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Source: DHX Media