International animatics service studio Animated Storyboards has opened a new office in Toronto, and tapped Maria Hanafy to lead the local team as Managing Director. The 4,300 square foot Toronto facility marks Animated Storyboards’ 10th office, joining up with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Sao Paolo, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Dusseldorf and Shanghai.
Together, these offices employ nearly 300 full-time, in-house illustrators, designers, directors, producers, and 2D & 3D artists.
The Toronto office will host a dedicated Director, Producer, Marketing Associate and Animator/Editor in addition to MD Hanafy. The facility includes three editing suites, a state-of-the-art audio studio, conference room and spacious lobby area for welcoming clients.
Hanafy brings nearly a decade of production experience to her new role, which she takes on having produced projects for a range of clients out of Animated Storyboards’ NYC and Chicago offices. A Radio & Television graduate of San Francisco State University, Hanafy began her career at local cable stations, producing, shooting and editing on-air promotional content. She then worked as a casting manager at SF-based Talent6 before moving to an associate producer position at Publicis & Hal Riney where she handled radio and video production for clients including US Cellular, Hewlett-Packard and Walmart. In 2012 she worked in production and post at Acme Posts/Hamady Production before joining Animated Storyboards in 2013.