DHX Media announced on Monday that it has appointed veteran animation industry executive Amir Nasrabadi to serve as the company’s new executive vice president and general manager of its Vancouver-based animation studio.
Nasrabadi, an animation industry veteran of more than 20 years, joins the team in a newly created role and will report to DHX President Josh Scherba, effective June 10. In his role, Nasrabadi will oversee all animation production at the studio, leading the Vancouver animation team in working closely with DHX Media’s creative, content and brands teams.
“As a well-known and respected figure in the animation community, who brings a wealth of industry experience, Amir is an ideal executive to lead the talented team at our Vancouver animation studio,” Scherba said in a statement. “We believe Amir’s history as head of Pixar Canada in Vancouver, as well as his time in management with Illumination, Paramount and Disney will deliver tremendous value to our business. We couldn’t be more delighted that Amir is coming back to Vancouver, and we look forward to welcoming him to the DHX Media team.”
Nasrabadi has worked in production, operations, finance and strategy in the animation and visual effects industry. He most recently served as executive vice president of finance and operations for Illumination, producers of such global hits as “Despicable Me,” “Minions” and “Sing.” While at Illumination, Nasrabadi led all aspects of operations, IT, finance, planning, competitive and industry analysis and business development.
“Vancouver is such a fantastic city for animation and I am thrilled to be joining DHX Media to be part of the exciting work being done at their world-class studio,” Nasrabadi said in a statement. “I hear the studio is a dog-friendly work space as well, so my mini-dachshund Dot will fit right in!”
Prior to Illumination, Nasrabadi was senior vice president of production at Paramount Animation, and before that he worked at Disney for 15 years, where he was vice president of finance and operations for Disneytoon Studios. In 2009, he launched and ran Pixar Canada in Vancouver.
As vice president and general manager of Pixar Canada, Nasrabadi oversaw all production and represented the Pixar brand to the creative community, local and provincial government and industry leaders.