Our Team

JENNIFER TWINER MCCARRON

Jennifer Twiner McCarron – Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird’s kid division, as head of production in 2011, where she helped grow the company from 25 artists to more than 450. In 2016, Twiner McCarron was promoted to the role of President and CEO of Atomic. Under her leadership, Atomic shifted from being primarily a service hub, to become a full-fledged, independent content creator, producing content such as Beat Bugs and The Last Kids on Earth for Netflix, and optioning the rights to New York Times best selling books, such as Savannah Guthrie’s Princesses Wear Pants. In June 2018, Twiner McCarron was appointed CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment, a role which oversees all of the Company’s animated, factual and scripted divisions.

Ivan

Ivan Fecan – Executive Chair/Producer

Ivan is a Canadian media executive, producer and philanthropist who boasts titles such as VP Creative Affairs at NBC, Head of English TV at CBC, and CEO and President of CTVglobemedia. He built CTV into a multibillion dollar conglomerate with Canada’s top rated broadcast and cable networks, and the number one programs in news, sports and entertainment.

Tim

Tim Gamble – Vice Chair

Tim is a founding partner of Thunderbird and as former CEO, was instrumental in the acquisitions of both Great Pacific Media and Atomic Cartoons. Tim played a key role in IP acquisition including Blade Runner 2049 and The Beatles inspired animation series Beat Bugs where he served as Executive Producer. Mr. Gamble focuses on corporate finance and strategic alliances, as well as providing executive production services for feature films and television series.

Mark

Mark Miller – President

Mark is the President of Thunderbird Entertainment. He founded Canada’s leading factual company Great Pacific Media which was acquired by Thunderbird in 2014.

He is a rare mix of successful entrepreneur and artist. He is an award-winning writer, producer and music composer. His insatiable curiosity and drive for excellence are at the root of his unprecedented commercial success in the international market.

Barb

Barb Harwood – Chief Financial Officer

Barb is Chief Financial Officer of Thunderbird and is responsible for corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation. Barb obtained her CA designation while working for Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants (now Ernst & Young) as manager of the entertainment division, and previously held the position of CFO for Paperny Films.

Barb is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Film.

Alex

Alex Raffe – Senior Vice President Scripted Production

Alex has been producing for 25 years. Her award winning films include I’ve Heard the Mermaids SingingZero Patience and I Love a Man in Uniform, Her move into television saw Alex develop and produce Zixx and Thunderbird’s  ZigbyEndgame and teen hit multi-cam sitcoms, Mr. Young and Some Assembly Required

Alex was CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and served on the boards of Film Ontario, the National Screen Institute, the Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Project and the CMPA.

Brooke

Brooke Zanette – Vice President of Financial Operations

Brooke is the Vice President of Financial Operations and is responsible for assisting the CFO with corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation. Brooke obtained her CA designation while working for DH Group LLP and gained further experience while working in the assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Brooke holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Melissa

Melissa Hemstock – Production Controller

Melissa works directly with the CFO and Controller on corporate and production accounting. She obtained a CA designation while working for Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants (now Ernst & Young) and previously held the position of Controller (Manager of Finance) at PI Financial Corp.

Melissa holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Calgary.

Jhod

Jhod Cardinal – Director of Distribution

Jhod has financed, sold, and produced films for nearly fifteen years. His International Sales experience includes all major film markets such as the Marche Du Film – Cannes, Filmart, AFM, MIPTV, TIFF, NATPE. In 2009 he founded Upstream Flix, which creates progressive sales opportunities for independent film projects, and has also worked with Joker Films, Breakthrough Entertainment, Insight Film Releasing, Force Four Entertainment, and Keystone Entertainment.

HEATHER KAISLER

Heather Kaisler – Business Affairs

After earning a BA in Honours Psychology in 1995, Heather found herself in the world of independent television production where she has worked for more than 17 years.  She initially produced episodic lifestyle and documentary programming, some of which involved re-enactment production, for Canadian and US broadcasters.  She transitioned to Business Affairs in 2006 and recently joined the Thunderbird team from Atomic Cartoons in that capacity.

Lily

Lily ChenAccountant

Lily is an Accountant at Thunderbird. She assists the finance team, including the CFO, Controller and Senior Accountant with corporate and production accounting. Lily is experienced with accounting in the animation industry. Prior to joining Thunderbird, she was a member of the finance team at Atomic Cartoons Inc.

Lily graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Commerce and is currently working toward obtaining her CPA designation.

Jonathan

Jonathan HarveyInternational Distribution Coordinator

Jonathan is the International Film/TV Distribution Coordinator at the Thunderbird group. Since 2015 he has worked in film distribution and digital asset coordination. In 2012, Jonathan graduated with a BFA in Film Production from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

Sam

Sam LeeSenior Accountant

Sam is the Senior Accountant for Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO, Controller, and Production Controller with corporate and production accounting. Before joining Thunderbird, Sam gained experience in a variety of industries as he worked in public practice accounting at a CGA firm.

Sam graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and is currently working towards obtaining his CGA designation

Emily

Emily BurtAdministrative Assistant

Emily is the administrative assistant at Thunderbird. Her background is in project coordination working with researchers to create installations in AR/VR, and interactive story telling in games. As well, Emily is a multimedia artist and illustrator.

Her Bachelors of Art is a double major in political science and sociology and her Master’s is in Digital Media.

Jenna

Jenna GauntController

Jenna is the  Controller for Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO with corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation.

Jenna obtained her CA designation while working for De Visser Gray LLP. She also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Douglas College.

Jamie

Jamie BarrExecutive Assistant

Jamie works alongside Executive Chair, Ivan Fecan. She is responsible for coordinating schedules, appointments, reservations and travel arrangements for Thunderbird’s Toronto team.​