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    McGuinty Government Invests In Animation Centre, Creates Jobs

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Hollywood North is getting a boost from Ontario.
    The McGuinty government is investing nearly $23 million in Starz
Animation Toronto(http://www.starzanimation.com/home/), to help expand its
studio and create or retain over 250 jobs. This investment in Ontario talent
and equipment will help Starz Animation Toronto attract more international
business. The company is also investing $130 million over the next five years.
    One of Canada's largest 3D animation studios, Starz Animation Toronto
creates computer-animated movies, TV series and commercials for clients.
Ontario's investment will help Starz Animation Toronto, a world-class studio,
develop and produce its own feature films - allowing it to compete with the
best studios in the world.
    Current productions at Starz Animation Toronto include the feature film
"Gnomeo & Juliet", based on the Shakespeare play told through the eyes of
duelling garden gnome families. The movie is being produced by Elton John and
David Furnish for Miramax Films.
    Investing in digital media is part of Ontario's plan to secure the next
generation of jobs
(<a href="https://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1med/en/nextgen_main_en.jsp">https://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1med/en/nextgen_main_en.jsp</a>).

    QUOTES

    "We're serious about helping companies create high-tech jobs. Investing
in our creative talent creates good jobs - right here, right now."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Nearly every film nominated for a special effects Oscar
(<a href="https://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1med/en/industries_interactive_digital_media_en.jsp">https://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1med/en/industries_interactive_digital_m
edia_en.jsp</a>) in the past five years has used technology developed in Ontario.

    -   Ontario's animation industry employed nearly 1,900 people in 2007.

    -   Starz Animation Toronto will hire local new-media graduates.

    LEARN MORE

    Want to get into computer animation? Check out these Ontario colleges
(<a href="http://www.ontariocolleges.ca/portal/page/portal/ONTCOL/SearchResult/ARTS-CULTURE-ANIMATION/_/N-lh67?Dym=1&No=0&Np=1&Nty=1&Qo=20&metaTagParam=animation">http://www.ontariocolleges.ca/portal/page/portal/ONTCOL/SearchResult/ARTS-CUL
TURE-ANIMATION/_/N-lh67?Dym=1&No=0&Np=1&Nty=1&Qo=20&metaTagParam=animation</a>).

    Find out more about how Ontario sees our economic future.
    (www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1med/downloads/nextgen_factsheet_en.pdf)

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