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Powerhouse VFX Expands with New Toronto Studio

The New York-based post-production hub behind ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ moves to put down roots north of the border.

Powerhouse VFX, the award-winning visual effects company whose credits include Stranger Things, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Mare of Easttown, is now setting up shop in Toronto.

According to Shoot, Powerhouse’s Toronto team will work from a new studio setup with the support of post-production outfit Company 3. Those staffers will also integrate into Powerhouse’s remote and cloud-based pipeline, while utilizing the new physical space for dailies, sound, picture finishing, and more.

The move is part of Powerhouse’s push outside of its primary New York headquarters and into the Canadian market. “This expansion will provide a great opportunity for our clients to continue to partner with Powerhouse on shows beyond New York with new talent and incentives,” executive producer Ryan Cunningham said in a statement.

“We are excited to be bringing our talent to the Canadian market,” added creative director and senior VFX supervisor Ed Mendez. “Our vision has always been to deliver world-class VFX to our clients, while also providing a safe and collaborative place for artists to work, using amazing forward-thinking technology.”

In addition to the aforementioned series, Powerhouse’s feature work of note includes Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass and Old.

Powerhouse’s Toronto team will join the company’s existing leadership based in New York. Toronto-based senior producer Nigel Mendoza will continue to fulfill his role; Bob Lowery will continue to spearhead sales and business development for the company.

Stefan Sonnenfeld, CEO and founder of Company 3, called Powerhouse’s entry into the Canadian market “an exciting next step in providing an expanded and enhanced experience for its clients.”

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