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industry leader

in animated


for over

twenty years

Guru Studio is a creative-driven entertainment company renowned for creating, developing and producing award-winning hit shows that captivate and inspire kids and families all over the world.

Historical Timeline


Frank Falcone opens Guru Studio, a new character-driven animation studio in the heart of downtown Toronto. Before the doors even open the studio secures six commercials from international advertising agency Ogilvy and their client Hershey's!


The studio wins the commercial campaign for Kraft Foods “Cheese-a-saurus Rex” ads for their Mac & Cheese product line in the USA. The campaign was so successful it would continue over the next five years!


Guru marks its debut into episodic television! The studio joins forces with Nelvana on five new full episodes of the hit Nickelodeon preschool series The Backyardigans!


Production begins on Guru's first original series, Justin Time! The show would launch on Disney Junior in Canada, Sprout in the US, and in more than one hundred countries around the world!


Guru goes global! At MIPCOM, the studio launches a Distribution arm and makes its first international sales of Justin Time!


Guru is ready for action! In partnership with Spin Master and Nickelodeon, Guru starts production on the first ever season of the hit series PAW Patrol!


Guru's first international co-production! Dinopaws, a new a 52 x 11 minute preschool series is greenlit by Canadian broadcaster Treehouse and UK broadcaster CBeebies.


Production begins on Ever After High, a brand new series from the creators of Monster High and Guru's first full 2D series! The studio now over 150 people outgrows its space and takes over two additional floors in its downtown Toronto office!


It's a wish come TRUE! Netflix greenlits Guru's newest original preschool series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom!


Guru announces it has joined its first animated feature, The Breadwinner, co-produced by Cartoon Saloon and Aircraft Pictures.


The Breadwinner is released to audiences around the world and is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars! True and the Rainbow Kingdom premieres at a celebrity packed launch event in Los Angeles. Executive Producer Pharrell Williams is in attendance!


Special delivery! Guru delivers its 2D original series Pikwik Pack to Disney Junior US and Hulu! The show would go on to inspire a line of toys and books by Scholastic!


CBC Kids dives into Big Blue, greenlighting Guru's newest original underwater comedy adventure!


Netflix orders more True and the Rainbow Kingdom which includes holiday specials, fairy tale shorts and music videos! A line of toys, books, costumes and other consumer products launch globally!


Guru is tapped by Sesame Workshop to bring to life the Sesame Street animated spin-off, Mecha Builders! The show follows Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby as giant CG robots!


Ten years of PAW Patrol! Guru celebrates its decade long collaboration with Spin Master and Nickelodeon as Season 10 starts airing around the world!


Guru's first creative collaboration with Moonbug Entertainment to bring their widely popular YouTube hit to life in premium CG! My Magic Pet Morphle would launch the following year on Disney+ and Disney Junior!



  • Frank Falcone

    President | Executive Creative Director

  • Lauren Leinburd

    SVP of Business Affairs & General Counsel

  • Yurie Rocha

    Creative Director, Technology

  • Babita Jassal

    VP of People & Culture

  • Andrew Strimaitis

    Animation Director

  • Jasmine Gard

    VP of Finance

  • Daniel Rattner

    VP of Brand Strategy and Growth

  • Sue Jung

    Head of Talent Acquisition

  • Brandon James Scott

    Creative Director, Design

  • Matt Jones

    VP of Technology

  • Dave Padbury

    Development Executive

  • Kwan Ho Lee


  • Chris Bobinski

    Studio Assets Director

  • Kathleen Turner

    Senior Marketing Manager

  • Bryan Huo

    Workflow Design Process Engineer

  • Elizabeth Barr

    Business Affairs Manager

  • Julie Chivers

    Contracts Manager

  • Sarah McDonald

    People & Culture + Community Engagement Manager

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