BY KEITH LACEY
It's been a very good few days at the offices of March Entertainment in Sudbury.
Early this weekm the animation studio announced it would be hiring 50 new employees over the next fews months.
On Friday, Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) would be providing $600,000 to allow March Entertainment to produce season three (22 episodes) of the hit CBC Television animation series Chilly Beach.
"We're thrilled with the announcement," said March Entertainment president Dan Hawes. "This money ensures we can go ahead with all of our plans for season three with Chilly Beach and that's exciting because the show has become CBC TV's number one Canadian youth series.
"We continue to grow our audience with Chilly Beach and being able to know we can go ahead with season three is great news."
Bartolucci has worked hard behind the scenes to secure this additional funding and has been a strong supporter of his company and the growing animation industry here in Greater Sudbury, said Hawes.
The 50 new employees, including animators and artists, will be hired to work on two new television projects being produced by March Entertainment from its Sudbury studio, said Hawes.
The company will be revealing details about the two new series in the second or third week of the new year, he said.
Once the hiring is complete, there will be more than 100 full-time staff working out of the Sudbury studios, located in the office tower of the Rainbow Outlet Centre, said Hawes.