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Jam Filled Entertainment Acquires Arc Productions

Boat Rocker Media’s newest acquisition takes over production of key projects at the recently-shuttered Toronto studio.

TORONTO -- Boat Rocker Media‘s latest acquisition, Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada, has purchased the principal assets of the recently closed Arc Productions. This marks Jam Filled’s expansion into Toronto, effective immediately, with the new office opening with approximately 200 employees, adding world-class 3D pipelines to Jam Filled’s capabilities.

Kyle Mac Dougall, President, Jam Filled Entertainment, and Jamie Leclaire and Phil Lafrance, Creative Directors of Jam Filled Entertainment, will provide the executive leadership and oversee production. Boat Rocker will continue to provide capital investment, business support and guidance to the entire Jam Filled team.

“With Jam Filled, we collectively recognized the merit and potential for expansion within the premium animation space. By adding incredible talent with 3D expertise in Toronto, Jam Filled is now in production on select 3D projects as of today, while also retaining the ability to take on additional properties immediately,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Executive Chairmen, and John Young, CEO, Boat Rocker Media. “We are extremely excited to expand Jam Filled’s unique culture of professionalism and creativity with a new team, new partners and clients from around the world.”

“Jam Filled, with the support of Boat Rocker Media, is committed to creating great animated content and we are excited by this new stage in the company’s growth,” said Mac Dougall, Leclaire and Lafrance. “We knew Boat Rocker’s investment would create new opportunities to do what we love while paving the way for us to create big waves in the family and animation space. The acquisition of these new assets allows Jam Filled and its growing team of extraordinary animators to show off our animation service capabilities, as well as expand our staff to work on new and exciting projects in the kids and family sector.”

Arc Productions, which rebranded from Starz Animation in 2011, was tapped to produce the animation for Guillermo del Toro's new Trollhunters series for Netflix, as well as the forthcoming Kody Kapow, which is set to air on Sprout in 2017. The studio has also produced animation for TV series including Matt Hatter Chronicles, Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor, and Netflix’s Tarzan and Jane. Under the Starz Animation banner, the studio produced the animation for the beloved 2011 feature, Gnomeo & Juliet, and was in currently in production on an original animated feature, Blazing Samurai, which is scheduled for release by Open Road Films in August 2017.

Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content and brands, recently acquired Jam Filled Entertainment as a strategic investment to grow its family and kids content. Jam Filled is the service animation studio for numerous projects including The Bagel and Becky Show, a new series produced by Radical Sheep, Boat Rocker’s family content arm.

Source: Boat Rocker Media

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.