Still Quick on the Draw

Animation Magazine - - Anniversaries -

“Big enough to mat­ter, small enough to care.” That’s how stu­dio founder and CEO Wayne Dear­ing de­scribes Top Draw An­i­ma­tion, the dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion pre-pro­duc­tion and pro­duc­tion ser­vice provider he founded in the Philip­pines in 1999. From early days, Top Draw has pro­vided qual­ity toon know-how for high pro­file projects like Warner Bros.’ Static Shock, build­ing a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion and tack­ling some of the big­gest dig­i­tal 2D se­ries around for clients like DHX Me­dia, Wild­brain, Has­bro, Cro­mo­soma, Imira, Moon­scoop and other global play­ers.

Top Draw’s project list is hard to nar­row down to a best-known show—the stu­dio re­cently cel­e­brated the de­liv­ery of its 1,000th half-hour of TV, af­ter all. Forced to choose, Dear­ing points out his com­pany’s re­cent work on hit fran­chise pro­duc­tions like Has­bro Stu­dios’ My Lit­tle Pony: Friend­ship Is Magic and Mat­tel’s Mon­ster High. Other cool pro­duc­tions cur­rently in the works at the Pasig City fa­cil­ity, which now em­ploys over 300 staff, in­clude Astrob­last! (Sprout), Julius Jr. (Nick Jr.), Skin­ner Boys (Nine Net­work Aus­tralia, Su­per RTL Ger­many) and Ex­change Stu­dent Zero (Car­toon Net­work Asia-Pa­cific). And the se­cret to Top Draw’s suc­cess? “We love the prod­uct, and we love the peo­ple,” sums up Dear­ing. www.top­drawan­i­ma­tion.com

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