Mainframe shuffle

CEO Brough adds duties as part of exec changes

Mainframe Entertainment Inc., the Vancouver-based digital animation and effects production company best known for its all-CGI television series “Reboot” and “Beast Wars,” has reshuffled the top executive ranks.

Chief among the staffing changes: CEO Christopher Brough will take on the additional duties of vice chairman; and Ian Pearson, former exec vice president, will oversee day-to-day operations in his new post as president and chief operating officer.

Mark Ralston, previously the chief financial officer, has been shifted to senior VP of production. Brett Gannon, who joined the company in August, will take over as CFO.

“Mainframe Entertainment now has the infrastructure and production methodologies in place to be a world leader in the production of CGI for television and feature films,” said Brough. “Our company is actively pursuing a number of exciting projects for delivery during the next fiscal year, including the development of its first full-length feature film.”

A Mainframe spokesperson said the company is in talks with several Hollywood studios to produce an all-CG animated feature.

In addition to its digitally produced animated TV series, Mainframe produced a six-minute animated CG film, shot at feature-level resolution, for an Imax arcade-based motion simulation ride. The ride, based on their “Reboot” program, launched in October and will go on to open at location-based entertainment arcades around the world. The company is developing a second ride film for Imax, and has created with production company Storyopolis test footage for a new feature-length Imax project.

Mainframe’s flagship production, “Reboot,” debuted in 1993, and is now the No. 1 show on YTV, where it is in its third season. “Beast Wars,” Mainframe’s second CGI television program, is reportedly the No. 1 show for children aged 2 through 11 in the U.S., and is in its second year.

Mainframe, entering its fourth year, has approximately 250 employees.

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