Joan Vogelesang, President and CEO of Toon Boom Animation attended the Official Opening of CDMC (Caribbean Digital Media Centre Inc.) in Barbados. The opening of this studio marks another milestone in the continued development and expansion of the animation industry in The Caribbean.
The event was attended by The Honourable Denis Kellman, Barbados Minister of Industry, Small Business & Rural Development for Barbados; James Corbin, Managing Director, CDMC; Dr. Trevor Carmichael, Board Member, CDMC and other local dignitaries as well as education and animation notables. Toon Boom’s Man-in-the-Caribbean Phil Phillips was also on hand to add his local expertise to the event. The CDMC is just one of the studios being opened in the next few weeks with West Toonz Studios later this week.
Toon Boom believes that the success which we have had in developing the animation industry in India will be repeated in The Caribbean. Using the skills developed in these and other Caribbean studios this highly networked industry will enable The Caribbean animation industry to leverage the global footprint provided by major animation studios who wish to outsource their work to skilled and talented production houses.
Guyana, Trindad, Jamaica now all have Toon Boom equipped animation studios, with others planned in St. Vincent and St. Lucia. This expansion will result in the creation of 3000 – 5000 new jobs in the Eastern Caribbean over the next few years.
Initial training is provided by Toon Boom Animation, once these studios are up to speed and have a reputation for high-quality output, then they can use the connections which Toon Boom has and be recommended to the major world-leading animation studios. The fact that Joan Vogelesang and Toon Boom recommends a studio means that they are recognised as being capable of producing and deliver the standard and volume of work expected by major studios.