BERKELEY, CA — Tippett Studio (www.tippett.com), founded by two-time Academy Award-winning artist, animator and filmmaker Phil Tippett, has expanded into Canada with the opening of a satellite office in Toronto. Tippett Canada will house a fully functioning post production studio, and will be headed by Gary Mundell, who is the current COO of the Tippett Studio. The Toronto location will service clients that include Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disney, Showtime, New Line and Legendary, including The Toxic Avenger.
Canadian-born, Tippett Canada president Gary Mundell (pictured) was promoted from head of production to chief operating officer of Tippett Studio in January 2022. As head of production and executive producer on a range of projects, he has managed teams of more than 200 people with budgets of up to USD $100M.
“Now is the perfect time for us to establish a permanent presence in Canada, which has emerged as a critical hub for the design and development of high-end media,” explains Sanjay Das, CEO of Tippett Studio. “Our new studio will serve our marquee clients and strengthen Tippett Studio’s position as one of the world’s leading creators of animation, VFX and location-based experiences.”
"It was somewhat surprising to me that Tippett's reputation in Canada was good,” adds Mundell. “People want to work for us. The talent base in Toronto is high. I look forward to growing this team over the next few months.”
Recent Tippett Studio projects include The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian (Season 2) on Disney+, Locke and Key (Season 2) on Netflix, and Marvel Studio’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The studio recently moved into content production for themed entertainment and partnering with international brands in addition to their role as a leading post production house.
Phil Tippett is the visionary behind some of cinema’s most iconic characters, including Jabba the Hut and the Rancor Monster in Return of the Jedi, the Tauntauns and Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back, the Raptor and T-Rex stop-motion puppets in Jurassic Park, and the ED-209 from Robocop. Tippett’s film Mad God, which will be released on Shudder in the US on June 16th, recently world premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was showcased at other festivals. The movie is an experimental animated project that is 30 years in the making and showcases the visionary’s brilliant mind as it has evolved over the decades.