Animation studio makes nimble shift to online
About the company
Yowza! is a high-quality classical and 2D animation studio founded in 1996.
Location: Toronto, Ontario Industry: Animation
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yowza owner and executive producer Heather Walker needed to make sure her 165 employees could work efficiently from home. It was essential to know who needed what equipment, deep clean the animation house’s studio and get everyone settled in to work from home in no more than a week.
“It’s not that we didn’t have the equipment available. We had it available. The challenge of COVID-19 was to safely get it to employees,” Heather says. She credits a small team of employees who worked tirelessly to ensure that Yowza shifted quickly and safely to remote work.
One challenge of everyone working at home was network capacity. Yowza had to bump up its bandwidth to make sure that all of its employees could get on the network and connect to the company’s server to track all aspects of their animation projects.
The company is continuing its work with major clients such as Warner Bros. “All of our clients are in the same boat. It’s a blessing clients can relate to what we are going through.”