Global entertainment company Boat Rocker Media continues to grow its family and kids’ content investments with the acquisition of Canadian full-service animation studio Jam Filled Entertainment. Specializing in premium 2D production, Jam Filled is the animation elbow grease behind No. 1 Nickelodeon show The Loud House, and is providing animation for new series The Bagel and Becky Show from Radical Sheep (Boat Racker’s family content arm).
The buy was announced by co-Executive Chairmen David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, and Boat Rocker’s CEO John Young.
Under the deal, Jam Filled’s founding partners, Kyle Mac Dougall (President), Jamie Leclaire (Creative Director) and Phil Lafrance (Creative Director), will retain their current tiles and remain in key leadership roles. Jam Filled will continue to operate under its current banner, reporting in to CEO John Young at Boat Rocker. The new owners will provide capital investment and business support to the studio’s senior leadership, and go forward with strategic growth of 2D animation capacity and expansion of 3D animation capabilities.
“With more than 150 outstanding animators, the acquisition of Jam Filled will not only allow Boat Rocker to expand its animation services capabilities, but will also allow us to add to our original programming strength in the kids and family arena, complementing the teams within Radical Sheep and Industrial Brothers,” said Young. “With these expanded capabilities, Boat Rocker can offer kids and family creators, broadcasters, toy companies and brands one integrated solution, solidifying Boat Rocker’s position as a global leader in the development, creation and production of kids and family animation for all platforms.”
“Joining forces with Boat Rocker Media creates opportunities for Jam Filled to do more of what we love; make great animated content. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished up to this point and with this partnership, we’ll have the resources to expand the Jam Filled brand at an accelerated rate,” said Mac Dougall.