GREENWICH – State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) toured Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich on Monday, January 23rd with Chief Operating Officer Brian Keane and other members of the Blue Sky team.
“In 2007, I voted in favor of a Digital Animation Production Tax Credit program, which encouraged Blue Sky Studios to move from New York to Greenwich, CT in 2008,” said Rep. Floren. “I was privileged to partake in that process and I am grateful for the investment they have made in Connecticut.”
The Digital Animation Production Tax Credit program offers tax credits to companies that follow certain guidelines. Eligible companies must employ at least 200 full-time employees, perform digital animation production, and maintain their studio facilities all within the State of Connecticut. Blue Sky Studios maintains a 150,000 square foot studio and employs 500 people in Greenwich.
“I was impressed with the overall presentation of the facility and it was clear that all team members took great pride in their work,” said Rep. Bocchino. “This was not your average work environment and I enjoyed seeing how the various departments designed their workspaces to reflect their function in the company. This is the ‘thinking outside-the-box’ that Connecticut needs.”
The production company is well known around the world for developing animated films such as Ice Age, The Peanuts Movie and Rio. Blue Sky employs skilled workers in a variety of positions with career opportunities for individuals with different backgrounds. In addition to employing artists, Blue Sky also employs engineers, programmers, human resources and accounting professionals, among other positions.
“This is the type of innovation we want in Connecticut because it makes our economy diverse,” said Rep. Camillo. “I am impressed with Blue Sky Studios’ creativity, imagination and business ingenuity, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf in Hartford so that they may continue to succeed here.”
Blue Sky Studios is set to release Ferdinand on December 22nd and continues to work on several other films in development.