October 31, 2016
THUNDERBIRD NAMES MATTHEW BERKOWITZ HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT AT ATOMIC CARTOONS
VANCOUVER, BC – October 31, 2016 – Thunderbird is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Berkowitz to Head of Development at Thunderbird subsidiary Atomic Cartoons. Matthew has been brought on to develop and grow the studio’s ever expanding IP and co-production slate.
Previously, Matthew spent 7 years at Arc Productions, where he oversaw the studio’s IP slate and established animation production relationships with Sony Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Amazon Studios, Lego, Zodiak and Sprout. Prior to Arc, Matthew held positions at Film Roman, and Strike Entertainment.
“As we redefine our approach to development at Atomic, it’s important for us to have an executive who is a passionate, dynamic and respected industry leader, and for us that’s Matt. He has a proven development track record, is a big picture thinker and we are thrilled to have him running our development operations on the ground in Los Angeles,” said Atomic President Jennifer Twiner-McCarron.
“I am honoured and privileged to join the tremendously talented team at Atomic. The studio has been producing exceptional animation for years, and I am excited to help us expand further into the original content business. Utilizing the premier talent at our studio, we are eager to tell world-class stories with talented creators from all over the globe,” said Matthew.
Thunderbird and Atomic launched Netflix’s original animated series Beat Bugs this summer alongside co-producers Grace: A Storytelling Company and Beyond Screen Production. They also recently announced a partnership with Skybound North, a division of Skybound Entertainment, giving Thunderbird an exclusive first-look at all animated and non-animated properties being developed for television by Skybound North in Canada.
About Thunderbird Entertainment
Thunderbird Entertainment is a rapidly growing Vancouver-based multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning programming for Canadian and International broadcasters and boasts divisions in scripted development, theatrical distribution, production, and animation.
Thunderbird’s most recent projects include the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Canadian comedy Kim’s Convenience and the animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs, featuring reimagined songs from the Beatles catalogue featuring artists such as Sia, Eddie Vedder and P!nk. www.thunderbird.tv