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Vancouver Centre for Entertainment Arts and Wind Sun Sky Announce Strategic Initiative for Student Work Experience

June 15, 2020

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Vancouver – Vancouver Centre for Entertainment Arts (VCEA) is proud to announce a strategic alliance with Wind Sun Sky Entertainment/ Skybound North (WSS/SBN), a multi-platform digital production company based in Vancouver, for the launch of our student work experience initiative. The VCEA work initiative provides stand-out students the opportunity to challenge themselves and their newly-acquired skills on real productions, in acclaimed studios, under the mentorship of trusted industry professionals.

Catherine Winder, CEO/Executive Producer of Wind Sun Sky/Skybound North Entertainment, helped launch the initiative alongside Tyler Weiss, Vancouver CEA’s Vice-President Strategic Initiatives, as they both believe in the mutual benefit of the cross collaboration between students and professionals.

“The CEA gives students a jumpstart to develop the necessary skills required to build successful careers in the media business. By contributing to our projects, the students are gaining significant real-world experience in their fields. It is a win-win situation for all involved as the students are doing a fantastic job and we are building relationships with potential future employees,” says Winder.

“It’s always a sink or swim scenario for new graduates when they land their first job and are thrown into the fast-paced reality of a real-world production. As a producer, it would dramatically increase my preference for hiring a new grad as well as increase the efficiency of the onboarding process knowing they have been on the frontlines, have experience reacting to supervisor and client feedback, and have zero illusions about the challenge ahead,” added Tyler Weiss, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Vancouver CEA.

About Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

Wind Sun Sky Entertainment (WSS) is a Canadian multimedia entertainment company led by former LucasFilm executive, Catherine Winder (Invincible, The Angry Birds Movie 1 & 2, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics). Based in Vancouver, Canada, WSS builds franchises with a focus on creator-driven content for the global marketplace producing in all mediums including interactive, film, television (live action and animation) and mobile apps. Under the WSS umbrella is Skybound North, who use expertise in building global brands to expand IP from Skybound’s vast library as well as new IP into the right forms of content, merchandise and beyond. WSS is currently in production on an animated TV adaptation of Invincible for Amazon, and in adapting the successful Canadian mobile game My Singing Monsters, into animated content, both linear and interactive, an award winning toyline and more. It is also producing Camp Bonkers Show, a variety show for elementary school kids on its’ YouTube Kids channel.

About Vancouver Centre for Entertainment Arts

Vancouver Centre for Entertainment Arts is a digital entertainment school that offers Diplomas in Advanced 3D Animation, VFX, Game Design, Game Technology as well as a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate, in collaboration with Langara college.

Students learn from an outstanding curriculum that is taught by top industry experts and designed to set students up for success. Successful students will graduate with the skills they need to immediately enter the job market, with international students eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) for up to three years. Our brand new 38,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of Vancouver’s creative district, giving students opportunities to meet and network with industry professionals.

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 stu-dents annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49 an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.
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Wind Sun Sky Entertainment
Shauna Wynne
swynne@skybound.com 

Vancouver Centre for Entertainment Arts
Diwakar Gandhi
1-778-628-3797
dgandhi@thecea.ca