Pixar Plans Vancouver Studio

Disney/Pixar has announced plans to open in Vancouver, Canada, a new animation studio that will focus on short-form and specialized projects.

“The operation will be small in size and dedicated to producing short-form quality computer animation for theme parks, DVDs, television and theatrical exhibition … for several different divisions of the Walt Disney Co.,” Disney/Pixar president Ed Catmull told The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the trade report, Amir Nasrabadi will move from his current post as VP operations and finance at DisneyToon Studio to be general manager of the new studio. The studio also has upped supervising animation director Dylan Brown creative director, while Darwyn Peachey, who has been working on 3-D upgrades for Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will be chief technology officer.

Reports indicate the staff will be in the 75-100 person range and will be housed in a 20,000 square-foot studio in downtown Vancouver. Officials for the studio said tax incentives and the work environment in the city make it an attractive place for such operations to locate.