Jam Filled Entertainment

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Jam Filled Entertainment is a Canadian animation studio based in Ottawa, Ontario. Jam Filled is a division of Boat Rocker Media and has additional facilities in Toronto and Halifax. It is best known for animating the Nickelodeon series The Loud House.

History[edit | edit source]

Jam Filled Entertainment was founded in Manotick in 2007 by Kyle MacDougall, Phil Lafrance, and Jamie Leclaire. In January 2011, Jam Filled moved to a new location in Ottawa. On August 3, 2016, Boat Rocker Media acquired Jam Filled Entertainment. On August 22, Jam Filled purchased the assets of Arc Productions, allowing them to expand into creating CGI animation in Toronto. Jam Filled opened a 10,000 square feet studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the fall of 2019 to work on more 2D animation projects.

Jam Filled Toronto[edit | edit source]

In 2004, U.S. telecom company IDT Corp. purchased DKP Studios from its founders. IDT had already acquired in 2003 controlling interest of Film Roman and Anchor Bay Entertainment Group. Its major work was contractors from Frenzy Animation.

On May 26, 2006, Starz Media's parent company Liberty Media bought IDT Entertainment from IDT, including Anchor Bay Entertainment and Film Roman. Under its new management in 2007, the studio began a "Starz Shortz" program which has produced Bundle of Joy, Enter the Sandbox, Ormie and Lovebirds. In 2007, Starz Animation took over animating Shane Acker's feature 9 from Attitude Studio, Luxembourg. In 2010, the studio opened a major VFX wing to create all the effects for the new Starz Channel/Graham King Productions miniseries, Camelot, Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale, and producer Avi Arad's family feature, Robosapien: Rebooted.

In April 2011, the Starz Animation was sold to a Canadian consortium, and renamed itself to Arc Productions. Under the new owner, the studio was planning to do more proprietary production and continued its development for the third Upside Mystery film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as well as its TV series.

On August 1, 2016, Arc Productions announced that they were closing down the studio because they were filing for bankruptcy and locked out over 500 employees after telling them there was a payroll glitch and no one had been paid. On August 10, 2016, following Arc's closure, Jam Filled Entertainment entered an agreement to acquire Arc Productions' assets in which they call "substantially all of the business". Jam Filled Entertainment also acquired 248 of Arc's former employees while Arc's other former employees were transferred to other animation studios, such as Tangent Animation, ToonBox Entertainment, and Reel FX Animation Studios. Later on August 22, 2016, Arc Productions was reopened as Jam Filled Entertainment's Toronto facility.

In 2020, Jam Filled announced that they would no longer animate episodes for Thomas & Friends after the 24th series, with Nelvana taking over for future productions.

Productions[edit | edit source]

  • Almost Naked Animals (January 3, 2011–May 27, 2013)
  • Crash Canyon (September 8, 2011–July 13, 2013)
  • Camp Lakebottom (July 8, 2013–July 7, 2017)
  • The Day My Butt Went Psycho! (September 2, 2013–July 2, 2015)
  • Thomas & Friends (August 26, 2013–December 2019; continued from Arc Productions)
  • Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program ("The Loud House", "Off the Shelf", "My Friend Pancake", "Robo Wonder Kid", and "Fur-Ever Family")
  • Numb Chucks (January 6, 2014–November 26, 2016)
  • The Loud House (May 2, 2016–present)
  • Rusty Rivets (November 10, 2016–present; continued from Arc Productions)
  • The Bagel and Becky Show (November 3, 2016–July 1, 2017)
  • WellieWishers (season 2; August 28, 2017-)
  • Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor (August 29, 2017-)
  • Kody Kapow (June 11, 2017-)
  • The Great Northern Candy Drop (TV special; April 3, 2017-)
  • Final Space (January 1, 2018–present)
  • Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (December 3, 2018-)
  • Pinky Malinky (January 2, 2019–present)
  • DC Super Hero Girls (March 2, 2019–present)
  • The Polos (February 1, 2019–present)
  • Bubble Guppies (Season 5; September 3, 2019-present)
  • The Casagrandes (October 14, 2019–present)
  • Madagascar: A Little Wild (Season 2; 2020)
  • Blazing Samurai (2021)

Arc Productions[edit | edit source]

Formerly known as Dan Krech Productions, DKP Effects, DKP Studios, and Starz Animation.

Independent era (1991-1999)[edit | edit source]

  • Eve of Destruction (1991) (post-production)
  • High Tide (1994) (title design & graphics)
  • Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995) (special effects)
  • National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995) (special effects)
  • Bogus (1996) (special effects)

Dan Krech Productions era (1999-2001)[edit | edit source]

  • Télétoon Advance (1999-2000) (early English version)
  • Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (1999) (special effects)
  • Fisher-Price (1999-2001) (TV commercials)
  • The Nuttiest Nutcracker (1999)
  • Le Giorgio Show (2000) (early English version)
  • Mais où est passé ? Giorgio (early English version)
  • Mort the Chicken (2000) (Story cutscenes)
  • Joseph: King of Dreams (2000; with DreamWorks Pictures) (special effects)
  • My Little Pony G3 (2001; with SD Entertainment and Fat Rock Entertainment) (pilot presentation)
  • Onion Mastori (2001) (CGI effects)

DKP Effects era (2002-2004)[edit | edit source]

  • Onion Mastori (2002-2004) (CGI effects)
  • Les Vacances de Piwi (2002-2003) (early English version)
  • Planetokio (2002-2003) (special effects)
  • 3-2-1 Penguins! (2002-2003)
  • Dessine avec Piwi (2003) (early English version)
  • Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure (2003) (special effects)
  • My Little Pony G3 (2003-2004; 1st version with EnSky Studios) (TV commercials)
  • DreamMix TV World Fighters (2003) (Story cutscenes)
  • Voyage avec Piwi (2004) (early English version)

DKP Studios era (2004-2006)[edit | edit source]

Starz Animation era (2006-2010)[edit | edit source]

Logo of Starz Animation

Arc Productions era
(From 2011)
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Logo of Arc Productions
  • Before I Wake (2016) (special effects)
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Great Race (2016)
  • Elena of Avalor (2016)
  • Barbie: Star Light Adventure (2016)
  • Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016)
  • Tarzan and Jane (2017)