Our Story

About
Thunderbird

Thunderbird Entertainment is building global brands through the creation and ownership of scripted, factual and animated content by partnersing with creators and servicing both leading OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and traditional broadcasters like CBC and Discovery. The Company has global, scalable infrastructure with current productions being broadcast in over 180 countries with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Ottawa.

Thunderbird’s projects include Highway Thru Hell for Discovery, Oscar winning Blade Runner 2049CSA winning Kim’s Convenience for CBC and Netflix, and the animated Emmy winning series Beat Bugs for Netflix. Additionally, Thunderbird’s animation company, Atomic Cartoons is producing Last Kids on Earth based on the New York Times best selling book series for Netflix and is in development on Eerie Elementary and Princesses Wear Pants to name a few.

Great Pacific Television

Factual Production

• Founded in 2011

• Leader in factual TV, focused on the development, production, co-production, and financing of factual, documentary, game show and reality television

• Led by TV veterans Blair Reekie and Mark Miller

• During Q1 2020, Thunderbird’s factual division was in production for five series and one documentary:Highway Thru Hell (Season 8), Heavy Rescue: 401 (Season 4), Save My Reno (Season 3), Queen of the Oil Patch (Season 2), High Arctic Haulers (Season 1) and Teenager and the Lost Mayan City (Documentary for CBC)

• The Factual Division’s success continues to be rooted in productive partnerships with broadcast and streaming partners globally, resulting in five series being renewed this past year

Atomic Cartoons

Animation

• Founded in 1999

• Full-service animations studio that is recognized internationally as one of the top animation studios in North America

• During Q1 2020, Atomic Cartoons was in various stages of production on 14 animated television programs. Service productions include Hello Ninja for Netflix, Molly of Denali for WGBH/ PBS KIDS and CBC, 101 Dalmatian Street for Disney+, LEGO: Jurassic World for NBCUniversal

• Thunderbird’s high profile new animated series, The Last Kids on Earth, premiered on Netflix in September 2019. More episodes of the owned-IP title are now in development, and the Company announced a video game based on the series with Outright Games, which is scheduled for a 2021 release. A worldwide merchandise line is also scheduled to launch in 2020

• Hello Ninja, Thunderbird’s most recent collaboration with Netflix, began streaming on November 1, 2019. It is the latest production that incorporates Thunderbird’s strategy of developing high quality, proven-popular books into animated productions. The series is Thunderbird’s first-ever partner managed production for Netflix

Scripted Production

• Vancouver based with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London, UK

• Creates award-winning scripted programming in film and television with genres ranging from sci-fi to drama to comedy which have earned international acclaim

• During Q1 2020, production of Season 4 of Kim’s Convenience was completed, with the premiere scheduled to air on January 7, 2020.

• Kim’s Convenience airs on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada, with previous seasons available worldwide through a mix of Netflix streaming, video on demand partnerships and cable TV deals, including in Japan and Korea.

About
The Logo

The Thunderbird is a mythological creature born from the rich narrative tradition of Canada’s First Nations people in the Pacific Northwest. The Thunderbird is often carved at the top of totem poles, which bring communities together to illustrate their stories.

The artwork, which depicts abstract elements of the Thunderbird legend, was commissioned from First Nations artist Corrine Hunt for Vancouver-based television production company Thunderbird. Hunt, also the co-creator of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic medals, captures the story of the company’s namesake, while honouring her roots and cultivating a refreshing artistic expression.