October 03, 2015 - 4:30 PM
KELOWNA – The future looks bright for a full-service animation studio, which started in Kelowna three year ago and now employs over 650 people in B.C.
Bardel Entertainment opened its studio in Kelowna in 2012 with only four employees, according to a media release, and currently employs over 50 artists and professionals. The company hopes to grow its Okanagan operation to over 100 employees by 2016.
The company also has two studios in Vancouver.
“Bardel was looking for a way to expand but still remain in Canada, and Kelowna was an untapped area poised to grow in our industry,” Bardel CEO Delna Bhesania says in the release. “Moving to Kelowna made economic sense with the both the regional tax incentives and Kelowna’s rapid growth. Plus, it is a beautiful area to do business and live.”
Bardel celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art facility on Lawrence Avenue in downtown Kelowna this week, a facility that would not have been possible without the city’s new broadband fibre optic cable.
“Access to dark fibre optic connections is becoming critical infrastructure for organizations like Bardel that need to move massive amounts of data,” mayor Colin Basran says. “Having access to world-class communications infrastructure positions Kelowna as a desirable location to establish or grow a business.”
Bardel provides animation services for companies like DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim.
The productions they are currently working on include King Julien, Mack & Moxy, Puss in Boots, VeggieTales, Dinotrux, Rick & Morty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jake & the NeverLand Pirates, Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls.
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