Disney Moves More Ops Out of California With NEW Vancouver Studio

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Today, The Walt Disney Company’s Walt Disney Animation Studios division has just confirmed that they will be opening a brand new studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, moving some operations from their existing Burbank, California headquarters.

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The official Tweet reads:

Walt Disney Animation Studios is increasing production with a new Vancouver studio. Our Burbank studio will lead all feature film projects, and our Vancouver studio will focus on long-form series for @DisneyPlus. For more information, go to http://DisneyAnimation.com/Careers.

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This comes on the heels of news that Disney is moving over 2,000 jobs from its California offices to the Orlando, Florida community of Lake Nona.

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Deadline shared additional details about Disney’s decision to move its television animation production to Canada:

Effective next year, Walt Disney Animation Studios is throwing the doors open to a new facility in Vancouver, BC that will focus on long-form series and special projects for Disney+. The first in the pipeline is the anticipated, feature-quality musical series Moana.

Animation veteran Amir Nasrabadi will serve as head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Vancouver. 

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The report also noted that the Burbank studio will be expanding its team, and will oversee not only major motion pictures but series like Baymax! and Zootopia+.

Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, shared:

“Disney Animation is creating more original storytelling for Disney+, expanding into series for the first time in our history with Iwájú, Tiana, Moana, Baymax and Zootopia+. As we continue to grow our original slate of projects, there are more creative, artistic and technological opportunities than at any previous time.”

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At this time, it is not yet known how many current Disney employees will be relocating from Burbank to Vancouver, or how many new jobs will be available.

This news proves Disney’s commitment to the Disney+ streaming platform since the new studio will be focused solely on series for the service.

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest developments.

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