'Orphan Black' Producer Buys Animation Studio

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Nickelodeon's 'The Loud House'

Jam Filled Entertainment animates Nickelodeon's 'The Loud House,' which just introduced a same-sex married couple voiced by Michael McDonald and Wayne Brady.

Orphan Black producer Boat Rocker Media on Wednesday said it has acquired digital animation producer Jam Filled Entertainment to expand into 2D and 3D cartoon production.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Boat Rocker acquired 100 percent of the indie producer. Jam Filled's founding partners, president Kyle Mac Dougall and creative directors Jamie Leclaire and Phil Lafrance, will remain with the company in their current roles, while operating under the Boat Rocker banner.

Jam Filled already animates Nickelodeon's The Loud House, an original series that last month introduced a same-sex married couple voiced by Michael McDonald and Wayne Brady. The acquisition of Jam Filled, with around 150 animators in its studio, follows Boat Rocker selling a 51 percent stake in itself to Fairfax Financial, the investment entity of Prem Watsa, the billionaire who has been called the "Canadian Warren Buffett."

Boat Rocker, which now faces Orphan Black ending its successful run on BBC America after five seasons, made earlier forays into family and kids content by investing in another cartoon producer, Industrial Brothers, and acquiring indie kids show producer Radical Sheep Productions.

Jam Filled is currently animating series for Radical Sheep like The Bagel and Becky Show, and has original cartoon series in development with broadcasters. As part of their deal, Boat Rocker will provide capital to expand Jam Filled' expertise in 3D animation.

"Boat Rocker has made strategic investments in the family and animation space and the acquisition of Jam Filled will enable the studio to round out its abilities in 2D and 3D animation to develop even stronger, premium content,” Boat Rocker co-executive chairmen David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg said in a statement.

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