Having grown fast in the pandemic, Vancouver’s Mainframe Studios is now going one further and opening a brand-new virtual studio based in Toronto.
Mainframe, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Wow! Unlimited Media, is looking to hire 100-plus staff from across Ontario. The new studio will be connected to Mainframe’s Global Studio Pipeline, which it developed in 2018 to facilitate outsourcing to international studios, then used last year to help transition employees to remote working.
How can an animation studio be both virtual and in Toronto? The answer: there will eventually be an actual studio in the city, but the company has decided to launch the unit while staff are still working remotely. Once the physical location has opened, Mainframe will adopt a hybrid working model, just as it will for its Vancouver headquarters.