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October 20, 2016

Skybound North signs first-look deal



Thunderbird will get early access to TV content coming from the new Vancouver shop, headed by Catherine Winder.

Vancouver-based Thunderbird Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with newly launched Skybound North.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Skybound Entertainment, the L.A.-based multimedia company led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer David Alpert, had set up shop in Vancouver.

In an interview with Playback Daily at the time of launch, Skybound North head Catherine Winder said the Vancouver office would focus on the production and development of multi-platform content and was committed to working with Canadian talent.

Today, Skybound made good on that promise, announcing an agreement that will give Thunderbird an exclusive first-look at all animated and non-animated properties being developed for TV by Skybound North in Canada.

Under the deal, which was in the works before Skybound launched its Vancouver office, Thunderbird will board projects either as investors and production partners or as a service producer.

The AMC docu series, Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics, will be one of the first projects produced through the Skybound North and Thunderbird Entertainment partnership. The two companies are also collaborating on a soon-to-be announced animated project, Jennifer Twiner-McCarron, president of Thunderbird subsidiary Atomic Cartoons, told Playback Daily.

“There’s so much content out there now that comes from the comic book world. This is a really big opportunity to mine some incredible IP,” Twiner-McCarron said of the partnership.