Vancouver-based animation studio Bardel Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that it is expanding its operations with the opening of a new satellite studio in Kelowna, located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
“We are excited to be branching out to Kelowna,” says company CEO Delna Bhesania. “It is a great opportunity to reach a new talent pool of animators, work with industry leaders such as the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, and to provide the alternative of a smaller-town lifestyle for our crews and their families.”
Bardel is also currently in discussions with Okanagan College in Kelowna for the development of a two- to four-year animation program to help build talent in the region.
With over 20 years of experience in the animation industry, Bardel is an animation script-to-screen service provider working with such major United States studios as Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Fox, Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. It is one of a few studios in Canada with production expertise in feature film, television and interactive online content. The company’s own propriety shows include the award-winning Silverwing, The Christmas Orange and Zeke’s Pad.
Kelowna was selected by Bardel for several reasons: its international airport; access to the regional tax incentives provided by the Province of British Columbia; and the growing talent pool in the area, with companies such as Disney Interactive (Club Penguin) already operating in the city.
The Okanagan Film Commission, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and the City of Kelowna provided support in this venture.