April 13, 2024

Sphere, certainly one of Canada’s main producers and distributors of tv and movie content material, will convey its English-language kids’s factual, scripted and animation models underneath one Youngsters and Household banner. The unified division will probably be headed by Marlo Miazga, Sphere Media’s President, Unscripted and Documentaries. Miazga will even proceed in her function overseeing all different non-scripted output from Sphere’s Toronto workplace.

This transfer follows the announcement that Sphere Animation President Jacques Bilodeau will probably be retiring later this yr, after a 30-year profession on the forefront of Canada’s animation trade. Bilodeau based pioneering digital studio Oasis Animation in 2003, which grew to turn out to be the biggest 2D animation manufacturing studio in Quebec. In 2019, Oasis was acquired by Sphere and rebranded Sphere Animation. Over the past 20 years, Bilodeau has been accountable for a string of hit animation collection, principally just lately Sphere’s Purple Ketchup and Riley Rocket, in addition to Saving Me for BYUtv

Earlier than he stands down, Bilodeau will work with Miazga to fold Sphere Animation into the brand new Youngsters and Household unit, which goals to construct on Sphere Media’s profitable monitor document in producing award-winning kids’s content material to turn out to be a serious participant on this house. Miazga, who will proceed to guide Sphere’s Media’s Toronto unscripted and factual divisions, will probably be supported in her new function by Andrea Griffith, who has been promoted from her present function as Director of English Unscripted Content material to Youngsters and Household’s Vice-President of Improvement and Content material.

Ghislain Cyr, founding father of Sardine Productions which was subsequently acquired by Sphere in 2022, will turn out to be Artistic Director. Judith Beauchemin, Sphere’s Animation’s Vice-President of Operations, will even transition to the brand new unit, the place she’s going to function Vice-President of Manufacturing and Submit.

Riley Rocket

“Jacques has undoubtedly been a basic contributor to the success story of Sphere,” stated Bruno Dubé, Sphere’s President and CEO. “As a colleague, entrepreneur, skilled and inventive, I’m profoundly grateful to him for giving us such a major time in his illustrious profession. These sneakers can by no means be stuffed, however I’ve watched Marlo’s stewardship over the previous couple of years of an progressive, various and award-winning slate of youngsters and household exhibits. I do know she is ideal for the job of making one thing new with the cohesion and oversight wanted for the ambitions we maintain.”

Miazga commented, “Pulling collectively the mixed artistic genius that exists in our areas will exponentially improve our total potential and present the world what a drive we will be once we come collectively. This highly effective mixture of one of many world’s most acknowledged animation service suppliers with the capability for sensible unique IP creation means we are able to now confidently stake our declare as a serious world participant on this sector.”

Sphere Youngsters and Household is a part of a strategic plan that began final April, when the corporate rebranded its specialist models underneath the Sphere banner and reorganized its inside groups to harness synergy and collaboration, and create a extra productive and environment friendly working surroundings. The rationalization additionally noticed Sphere open new animation services to service its rising slate of kids’s programming. The brand new studio in Ottawa — identified for its dynamic TV, movie and animation industries and pool of extremely expert artists — added greater than 100 animators to Sphere’s workforce.