Jam Filled Entertainment

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Jam Filled Entertainment
Formerly
Jam Filled Entertainment:
Jam Filled Entertainment (September 8, 2007–July 1, 2016)
Jam Filled Toronto:
Dan Krech Productions (September 14, 1989-July 12, 2002)
DKP Studios (December 12, 2001–July 12, 2003)
IDT Entertainment (September 26, 2003-July 21, 2006)
Starz Animation (September 4, 2006–July 25, 2011)
Arc Productions (September 19, 2011–July 1, 2016)
Industry
Founded2007; 13 years ago (2007)
Headquarters65 Auriga, ,
Canada
OwnerBoat Rocker Media
DivisionsJam Filled Toronto
Jam Filled Halifax
Websitewww.jamfilled.com

Jam Filled Entertainment is a Canadian animation studio based in Ottawa, Ontario. Jam Filled is a division of Boat Rocker Media and has additional facilities in Toronto and Halifax.

History[edit]

Jam Filled Entertainment was founded in Manotick in 2007 by Kyle MacDougall, Phil Lafrance, and Jamie Leclaire. In January 2011, Jam Filled moved to a new location in Ottawa. On August 3, 2016, Boat Rocker Media acquired Jam Filled Entertainment.[1] On August 22, Jam Filled purchased the assets of Arc Productions, allowing them to expand into creating CGI animation in Toronto. Jam Filled opened a 10,000 square feet studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the fall of 2019 to work on more 2D animation projects.[2]

Jam Filled Toronto[edit]

In 2004, U.S. telecom company IDT Corp. purchased DKP Studios from its founders. IDT had already acquired in 2003 controlling interest of Film Roman and Anchor Bay Entertainment Group.[3]

On May 26, 2006, Starz Media's parent company Liberty Media bought IDT Entertainment from IDT, including Anchor Bay Entertainment and Film Roman.[4] Under its new management in 2007, the studio began a "Starz Shortz" program which has produced Bundle of Joy, Enter the Sandbox, Ormie and Lovebirds.[5] In 2007, Starz Animation took over animating Shane Acker's feature 9 from Attitude Studio, Luxembourg.[6] In 2010, the studio opened a major VFX wing to create all the effects for the new Starz Channel/Graham King Productions miniseries, Camelot, Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale, and producer Avi Arad's family feature, Robosapien: Rebooted.

In April 2011, the Starz Animation was sold to a Canadian consortium, and renamed itself to Arc Productions. Under the new owner, the studio was planning to do more proprietary production.[7]

On August 1, 2016, Arc Productions announced that they were closing down the studio because they were filing for bankruptcy and locked out over 500 employees after telling them there was a payroll glitch and no one had been paid.[8] On August 10, 2016, following Arc's closure, Jam Filled Entertainment entered an agreement to acquire Arc Productions' assets in which they call "substantially all of the business".[9] Jam Filled Entertainment also acquired 248 of Arc's former employees. Later on August 22, 2016, Arc Productions was reopened as Jam Filled Entertainment's Toronto facility.[10]

In 2020, Jam Filled announced that they would no longer animate episodes for Thomas & Friends after the 24th series, with Nelvana taking over for future productions.

Productions[edit]

Arc Productions[edit]

Formerly known as Dan Krech Productions, DKP Effects, DKP Studios, and Starz Animation.

Independent era (1991-1999)[edit]

Dan Krech Productions era (1999-2001)[edit]

DKP Effects era (2002-2004)[edit]

DKP Studios era (2004-2006)[edit]

Starz Animation era (2006-2009)[edit]

Logo of Starz Animation

Arc Productions era
(From 2011)
[edit]

Logo of Arc Productions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boat Rocker Media Acquires Jam Filled Entertainment". Boat Rocker Media. August 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "JAM FILLED IS DROPPING ANCHOR IN HALIFAX!". Jam Filled Entertainment. September 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "DKP acquired by U.S. animator". Playback Magazine. March 29, 2004. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Liberty Media to acquire IDT Entertainment". IDT. May 16, 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  5. ^ Lacey, Liam (March 24, 2011). "Animation company aims for 3D without nausea and headaches". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "New Starz studio busy on Burton's 9". Playback Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (April 13, 2011). "Starz Animation Studio Renamed Arc Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  8. ^ Valiquette, Mike (August 1, 2016). "BREAKING NEWS: Arc Productions Files for Bankruptcy". Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2016/08/10/jam-filled-looks-to-acquire-arc-productions-assets/
  10. ^ a b c d Wolfe, Jennifer (August 22, 2016). "Jam Filled Entertainment Acquires Arc Productions". Animation World Network. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Zahed, Ramin (February 6, 2012). "Arc is on Board HIT's 'Thomas & Friends'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  12. ^ Vlessing, Etan (June 6, 2011). "Arc To Animate 3D TV For Platinum and Endemol". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Arc to Provide Visual Effects for 'Halo 4'". Animation World Network.
  14. ^ "Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload".
  15. ^ "King of the Railway (Thomas and Friends)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  16. ^ Strom, Marc (November 12, 2015). "TV ULTRON CRASHES THE PARTY IN FIRST 'LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES: AVENGERS REASSEMBLED!' CLIP". Marvel. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.

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