'Ice Age' Studio Blue Sky Extends Lease to Stay in Connecticut

"Ice Age: Continental Drift"

Despite far less media attention, Fox's "Ice Age: Continental Drift" has taken in $828.5 million worldwide, compared with Disney's still-strong "Brave," which has grossed $470 million (and continues its overseas rollout).

Twentieth Century Fox Film’s Blue Sky Studios inked a new lease agreement with Tishman Speyer that will keep the animation studio at the Greenwich American Center in Connecticut through 2025.

The studio — whose films include the Ice Age and Rio franchises, as well as The Peanuts Movie and upcoming Ferdinand — has been headquartered at this site since 2009. Acquired by Fox in 2002, Blue Sky currently employs more than 450 artists, engineers and scientists from 23 countries.

“This state welcomed us in several years ago, and since then we’ve released a number of incredible films and added over 200 quality jobs,” said Blue Sky COO Brian Keane. “We are thankful for the ongoing support from Gov. Malloy, the state legislature, Tishman Speyer and the entire community here in Connecticut and look forward to calling Connecticut home for many years to come.”

Said state Rep. Livvy Floren: "Not only are their films national treasures, but also their innovative spirit and unique job opportunities have encouraged thousands of Connecticut residents to seek employment with them and to receive the training and education necessary to succeed in this field. I am pleased that our digital-media tax credit is in place, as it encourages companies like Blue Sky to operate in our state."