VANCOUVER — Thunderbird has announced the appointment of Matthew Berkowitz to Head of Development at Thunderbird subsidiary Atomic Cartoons. Berkowitz has been brought on to develop and grow the studio’s ever expanding IP and co-production slate.
Previously, Berkowitz spent seven 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, Berkowitz 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,” said Atomic Cartoons president Jennifer Twiner-McCarron. “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.”
“I am honored and privileged to join the tremendously talented team at Atomic,” Berkowitz said. “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.”
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.