VFX/Animation Studio Tippett Opens Up Operation Canada

California-based visual effects and animation production company Tippett Studio, run by two-time Academy Award winner Phil Tippett, is expanding to Canada with its first satellite office in Toronto, which will be called Tippett Canada.

The company’s recent projects include “The Book of Boba Fett,” season two of “The Mandalorian,” The Falcon and the Winter Soldier from Marvel Studio, all three on Disney+, and season two of “Locke and Key” on Netflix.

Gary Mundell, President of Tippett Canada, and current COO of Tippett Studio will lead Tippett’s Toronto operation, which will include a fully operational post-production studio. Tippett Canada will serve clients including Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disney, Showtime, New Line and Legendary, including The Toxic Avenger.

Projects in production include Season 3 of Showtime’s “The Orville,” “Black Adam,” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Canadian-born Mondel was promoted from chief of production to chief operating officer of Tippett Studio in January. As head of production and executive producer on a range of projects, he’s managed teams of more than 200 people with budgets of up to $100 million.

“This is the perfect time for us to establish a permanent presence in Canada, which has emerged as an important center for high-end media design and development,” said Sanjay Das, CEO of Tippett Studio. “The new studio will serve our high-profile clients and cement Tippett Studio’s position as one of the world’s leading creators of animation, visual effects and location-based experiences.”

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“The talent base in Toronto is high. I am looking forward to growing this team over the next few months,” said Mondel.

Phil Tippett has been behind such iconic characters as Jabba the Hut and Rancor Monster in “Return of the Jedi,” Tauntauns and Wampa in “The Empire Strikes Back,” and the Raptor and T-Rex dolls in “Jurassic Park,” and ED-209 from “Robocop”.

He won Academy Awards for “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, and was nominated for “Starship Troopers”, “DragonHeart”, “Willow” and “Dragonslayer”. He won an Emmys for “Dinosaur!” and “Ayuk Adventure.”

His film “Mad God,” which will be released in Shudder in the US on June 16, has its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, and has been shown at other festivals, including the Edinburgh Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. The movie is an experimental animation project that takes 30 years to make.

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