Investing in Future Animators and Visual Effects Artists

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Switch VFX & Animation Introduces Scholarship Awards

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Toronto Ontario, February 2, 2017 – After careful consideration, five exceptional Canadian Colleges with stellar animation and visual effects programs have been chosen to grant the Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards.  These financial endowments will be administrated by each institution based on requirements developed in coordination with Switch and individually outlined for each program.

“We encourage each school to reward a current student with a passion for the work, a well-rounded overall talent, who demonstrates initiative with a collaborative attitude” says Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch. “Cultivating this form of digital artistry is critical to growing our Canadian talent pool and keeping this expressive field alive and thriving.  I encourage our colleagues to join us in supporting the future of our industry”

Qualifications for each award can be viewed on school websites or by contacting school program directors.

About Us: Switch VFX & Animation is an award-winning artist owned Canadian studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development all the way to final delivery for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

Winter 2017 E-Newsletter

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Exciting Awards news to start the New Year

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George of the Jungle Season 2, co-produced with August Media Holdings in partnership with Dreamworks Animation and Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network was recognized as the Best in 2D Animation at the 21st Asian Television Awards.

In addition, TMT News, an online magazine and newsletter offering the latest information across the three key sectors of Technology, Media and Telecom awarded Switch VFX & Animation Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design.

Finally, we congratulate all our creative partners for work on Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode for its nomination of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode by the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industrys professional global honorary society.

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In more exciting award news we are incredibly proud to announce five different Switch VFX & Animation Student Award Programs to help aspiring artists pursue their passion in animation and digital visual effects.  Students can access the qualifications on their school websites for awards in Spring 2017.

Take a look at our reels to see our work.  VFX & Animation

Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode

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Recognized by Visual Effects Society with Award Nomination

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Toronto Ontario, January 12, 2017 – Switch VFX & Animation congratulates all inventive artists on Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode for its nomination of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode by the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society.

Winners will be celebrated February 7, 2017 at the 15th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration which recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games as well as the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands on artists who bring this work to life.

Nominations list: https://www.visualeffectssociety.com/post/15th-annual-ves-awards-nominees

About Us: Switch VFX & Switch Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. We foster creative excellence, technology innovation, and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists.  Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

 

 

Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design – Canada

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Toronto, Ontario, December 15, 2016 – TMT News proudly announced today that Switch VFX & Animation has won the TMT News 2016 Entertainment Award for Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design.

TMT News (United Kingdom) is an online magazine and newsletter offering the latest information across the three key sectors of Technology, Media and Telecom.

In today’s press release Jessie Wilson, Awards Co-ordinator was quoted as saying “Entertainment is important to everyone and we all have different tastes, meaning companies have to work hard to appeal to as many clients as possible.  Through the awards programme we have turned the spotlight on the dedicated firms and those working behind the scenes within them who are providing quality, informative content.”

Click HERE for the TMT News Press Release

About US: Switch VFX & Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, DreamWorkds and BBC Kids.  We foster creative excellence, technology innovation and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists.  Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

 

 

George Saves the Day!

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Winning at 21st Annual Asian Television Awards

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Toronto Ontario, December 1, 2016 – Switch VFX & Animation is proud to announce George of the Jungle Season 2 was recognized as the Best in 2D Animation at the 21st Asian Television Awards.  The Asian TV Industry’s most significant and celebrated event recognizing excellence in programming, productions and performance.

George of the Jungle Season 2 is co-produced by Switch VFX & Animation (Toronto) and August Media Holdings (Singapore) in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network which airs the series in Canada.

Link to award listing: https://www.asiantvawards.com/winners/2016-winners/

About Us: Switch VFX & Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries form some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, DreamWorks and BBC Kids.  We foster creative excellence, technology innovation and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists.

Two nominations for George of the Jungle Season 2

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21st Annual Asian Television Awards

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Toronto Ontario, November 21, 2016 – The Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event recognizing excellence in programming, production and performance, the 21st Asian Television Awards has acknowledged animated favorite George of the Jungle Season 2 with nominations in two exciting categories. Best Children’s Programme and Best 2D Animated Programme.

George of the Jungle Season 2 is co-produced by Switch VFX & Animation (Toronto) and August Media Holdings (Singapore), in partnership with Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network, which airs the series in Canada.

Link to all nominees: https://www.asiantvawards.com/2016-nominees/

About Us: Switch VFX & Switch Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. We foster creative excellence, technology innovation, and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists. Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

For Media Bulletin Inquiries contact: Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ Switch VFX & Switch Animation 416-578-0017 OR [email protected]

Fall 2016 News from Switch VFX & Animation

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The new Switch VFX & Animation tagline Two Talents, One Switch (VFX & Animation) revealed recently showcases the depth of our newly energized company. We have built a creative powerhouse, unlike any other in Canada that delivers breathtaking visual effects and quality animation to our clients, partners and viewers worldwide.

Watch for George of the Jungle on Teletoon in Canada. This exciting co-production with Singapore is just one of our many international relationships which have resulted in entertaining animated content for children around the world.

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In addition, check out this incredible commercial for Plan Canada we were privileged to work on.  Join Switch in rallying behind girls and cheering for gender equality.

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Also, now available: The SWITCH Scholarship at Seneca College awarded to deserving third year students in the 2D or Digital Animation stream of the Animation program. Apply by the end of October!

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Take a look at our reels to see our work.  Animation and Visual Effects

Two Talents, One Switch

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New tagline. Same creators.

The new Switch VFX & Animation tagline revealed today showcases the depth of the energized company. Two Talents, One Switch will be seen in the new Fall 2016 trade advertising campaign in both print and online.

Pete Denomme, Executive Producer of both entities is excited by the prospect of offering both talent and opportunity to the global production community from an 8000 square foot contemporary Canadian headquarters stating “We have built a creative powerhouse, unlike any other in Canada that delivers breathtaking visual effects and quality animation to our clients, partners and viewers around the world”

The campaign launches this month in advance of MIPCOM and MIP Junior.

About Us

Switch VFX & Switch Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. We foster creative excellence, technology innovation, and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists.

Yowza Exec Switches to New Firm

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A former executive at the digital arm of Canadian studio Yowza Animation has relaunched the company under a new name via a partnership with Toronto-based Switch VFX.

Pete Denomme, who set up the Yowza Digital arm of Yowza Animation in 2003, has now joined forces with Switch VFX to create Switch VFX & Switch Animation. This follows Denomme parting company with Yowza Animation co-founder Claude Chiasson in the fall of last year, with Denomme retaining ownership of Yowza Digital, which focuses on 3D animation. Chiasson, meanwhile, retained Yowza Animation and has since sold the company to veteran Yowza Digital executive Heather Walker for an undisclosed fee.

“Expertise in dual disciplines allow us to offer two creative services to our client partners with the ease of only one phone call,” said Denomme, who will be CEO of the new entity.
New work from Switch will launch early in September 2016 on Canadian broadcaster Teletoon, while projects are also lined up with major studios, according to the company.

This article was originally posted on C21 Media.

Denomme Launches Switch VFX & Switch Animation

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Pete Denomme, formerly of Yowza! Animation, has announced the formation of a new company.

Switch VFX & Switch Animation is a new Toronto-based production studio focused on 2D-animation service work. The studio provides digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development through to final delivery for Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks and BBC kids. Denomme will serve as CEO.

Switch is also currently working on 52 x 11-minutes series George of the Jungle—in partnership with Corus Entertainment—which will launch in September on Teletoon. The studio plans to roll out an initial development slate at the 2017 edition of Kidscreen Summit.

Additionally, the company is currently in pre-production on a Mexican animated feature in partnership with Studio Upstairs, is finalizing an animated opening sequence for a video game and has completed two versions of a CGI-animated commercial for Stride Rite.

Recently, Heather Walker purchased traditional 2D-toon studio Yowza! Animation from founder Claude Chiasson.

This article was originally posted on Kidscreen.