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Animated Storyboards Opens Toronto Office

January 12, 2016 | By

From left: Dave Horst, Caitlin Mulqueen, Maria Hanafy, Megan Brescacin and Andrew Minett.

From left: Dave Horst, Caitlin Mulqueen, Maria Hanafy, Megan Brescacin and Andrew Minett.

International animatics shop Animated Storyboards announced that it has launched a new office in Toronto. Maria Hanafy will lead the new studio as managing director, along with four additional staffers – a director, producer, marketing associate and animator/editor. This marks the 10th office for Animated Storyboards, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, São Paulo, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The 4,300-square-foot office will collaborate closely with sister facilities, whose global infrastructure currently includes nearly 300 full-time in-house illustrators, designers, directors, producers and 2D and 3D artists. The facility includes three edit suites, a state-of-the-art audio studio, a conference room and a spacious lobby area for client use.

Animated Storyboards offers audio and casting, creative direction, storyboards and artwork, 3D/2D animation, greenscreen, motion graphics, design, global versioning and editorial.

“Our suite of international offices has always worked as a unified team, delivering our clients superior talent and service across all areas of expertise,” said company founder Ezra Krausz. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to join the thriving Toronto advertising and production community and look forward to delivering our unmatched speed and efficiency through our global infrastructure to a new set of clients.”

“We’re very excited to have a local studio in this unique and talented city, where our clients can call home for all their testing and animation needs,” said Hanafy. “ASB is looking forward to building a creative space where agencies and brands can test their ideas as they come to life. We’ve built a tight team here and I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of it.”

Hanafy has nearly a decade of experience in production. After earning a degree in radio and television from San Francisco State University, she got her footing working for local cable stations, producing, shooting and editing on-air promotional content. Shortly after, she landed a gig as a casting manager at Talent6, spending nearly two years with the San Francisco-based casting agency before shifting to the agency side as an associate producer at Publicis & Hal Riney. While there she handled all aspects of radio and video production for top agency clients including US Cellular, Hewlett-Packard and Walmart, working with internal creative teams as well as a wide range of creative vendors. In 2012, she returned to production and postproduction as an associate producer at Acme Posts/Hamady Productions before joining Animated Storyboards in 2013. Prior to spearheading the Toronto office, she produced projects for a wide range of clients out of ASB’s NYC and Chicago offices.

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