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October 20, 2016

Thunderbird takes flight with Skybound


Nico Franks / C21

MIPCOM: Blade Runner 2049 producer Thunderbird Entertainment has partnered with the fledgling Canadian arm of The Walking Dead producer Skybound Entertainment.

Thunderbird has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Skybound North for all animated and non-animated properties being developed for television by the new outfit in Canada.

AMC docuseries Heroes & Villains: The History of Comics will be one of the first projects produced via the partnership.

LA-based Skybound set up an office in Vancouver earlier this year and tapped former LucasFilm Animation executive Catherine Winder to run it.

The Canadian operation is a full-service production entity focusing on the development and production of content with Canadian talent.

“This partnership is just the beginning of what will result in ground-breaking content through collaboration with the top and emerging Canadian talent,” said Winder.

Thunderbird Entertainment
has offices in LA, Toronto and London and is behind Canadian comedy Kim’s Convenience and the animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs. It is also producing the upcoming Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.