|Predecessor||Starz Animation (2006-2011)
IDT Animation (2004-2006)
DKP Studios (1990-2004)
|Founded||1990 (as DKP Studios)
2004 (as IDT Animation)
2006 (as Starz Animation)
2011 (as Arc Productions)
|Defunct||2004 (as DKP Studios)
2006 (as IDT Animation)
2011 (as Starz Animation)
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Parent||Independent (1990-2004, 2011-2016)
IDT Corp. (2004-2006)
Starz Inc. (2006-2011)
Jam Filled Entertainment (2016-present)
|Divisions||Attitude Studio Luxembourg|
|Subsidiaries||Dan Krech Productions|
Arc Productions (formerly known as Starz Animation) is a Canadian animation and visual effects studio based in Toronto, Ontario. It was majority owned by a Canadian investor group, with former owner Starz Inc. as a minority stakeholder.
In 2004, U.S. animation producer IDT Corp. purchased the studio from the founders of DKP Studios. IDT had already acquired in 2003 controlling interest of Film Roman and Anchor Bay Entertainment Group.
On May 26, 2006, Starz Media's parent company Liberty Media bought IDT Entertainment from IDT, including Anchor Bay Entertainment and Film Roman. 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. In 2007, Starz Animation took over animating Shane Acker's feature 9 from Attitude Studio, Luxembourg. 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.
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. On August 10, 2016, following Arc's closure, Jam Filled Entertainment has entered an agreement to acquire Arc Productions' assets in which they call “substantially all of the business”. Jam Filled Entertainment also acquired some of Arc's former employees. Later on August 22, 2016, Arc Productions has been reopened and has reentered business.
- Blazing Samurai (2017)
- Thomas & Friends: The Great Race (2016)
- Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015)
- Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins (2015)
- Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (2014)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
- Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
- The Legends of the Underzoo (TBA)
- The Canterville Ghost (TBA)
- Ormie (TBA) (co-production with Alcon Entertainment)
- OZ3D (TBA) (working title, based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
- Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway (2013)
- Thomas & Friends (2013–present)
- Robosapien: Rebooted (2013)
- Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012) (provided visual effects)
- Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (2012–2015)
- Dolphin Tale (2011)
- Camelot (2011) (TV)
- Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
- The Simpsons ("Condiments" sequence) (2011)
- Matt Hatter Chronicles (2011)
- Yes, Virginia (2009) (TV)
- 9 (2009)
- Chop Socky Chooks (2008) (TV)
- Space Chimps (2008)
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)
- VeggieTales (2006–2008)
- VeggieTales (2004–2006)
- Shoebox Zoo (2005) (TV)
- Surly Squirrel (2005) (short film)
- The Nuttiest Nutcracker (1999)
Contributions (Special Effects)
- Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure (2003)
- Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (1999)
- National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995)
- Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
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- Vlessing, Etan (June 6, 2011). "Arc To Animate 3D TV For Platinum and Endemol". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2013.