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Animation company announces plans to double local workforce

The digital animation industry is on the rise in Greater Sudbury. March Entertainment, the company behind the animated series Chilly Beach, announced Tuesday they will hire 50 more people in the immediate future.

The digital animation industry is on the rise in Greater Sudbury.

March Entertainment, the company behind the animated series Chilly Beach, announced Tuesday they will hire 50 more people in the immediate future.

Dan Hawes, president of March Entertainment, says the offices in downtown Sudbury will house more than 100 employees in the new year to tackle new animation projects that have attracted international attention.

Hawes however, is keeping quiet about the projects they're working on.

"Digital entertainment is a growth industry and thanks to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and the local government, we've been able to take part in that growth and be a player," said Hawes.

"It's a very competitive industry but we have our foot in the door."

Hawes said he's on the lookout for creative flash animators, artists and programmers, and that he tries to hire northern talent whenever possible.