Nicola Pender / Thunderbird Entertainment
VANCOUVER, BC (September 5th, 2017) – Ivan Fecan has been appointed interim CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment. He remains as Executive Chair of the Thunderbird Board and will continue to produce the hit series Kim’s Convenience.
Jennifer McCarron and Mark Miller have been promoted to Co-Presidents of Thunderbird. Jennifer becomes CEO of Atomic Cartoons and joins the Thunderbird Board. Mark continues as CEO of Great Pacific Media and maintains his seat on the Thunderbird Board.
Jennifer and Mark have presided over the impressive growth of Atomic and Great Pacific, respectively, since Thunderbird acquired these companies. In their new roles, they will participate in the strategic direction of Thunderbird and the overall management of the company.
Thunderbird co-founder, Tim Gamble, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Thunderbird Board and will continue to pursue new opportunities for the company, with a particular focus on intellectual property. Tim was instrumental in bringing the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 feature film and Netflix original series Beat Bugs into the company.
Jennifer, Mark and Tim, as well as COO Cam White, CFO Barb Harwood and Senior Vice President Scripted Production Alex Raffé, will report to Ivan Fecan and will all be part of the Senior Leadership Team.
Thunderbird Entertainment is a rapidly growing Vancouver-based multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning programming for Canadian and International broadcasters and boasts divisions in scripted and unscripted development and production, theatrical distribution, and animation.
Thunderbird’s most recent projects include the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and ABC’s new thriller-drama series Somewhere Between starring Paula Patton. Recent hits include #1 Canadian comedy Kim’s Convenience, ratings juggernaut Heavy Rescue: 401 and the animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs, featuring reimagined songs from the Beatles catalogue sung by the biggest recording artists of today including Sia, Eddie Vedder, P!nk and more.
Jennifer McCarron joined Atomic as Head of Production in 2011 supervising all in-house production. She has lead production on multiple titles including Beat Bugs for Netflix, Rocket Monkeys for Teletoon and the hit series Little Charmers for Spinmaster and Nelvana, to name a few. Under her leadership, the Atomic team grew from 30 to 200+ people. She was promoted to President in 2016.
Prior to joining Atomic, Jennifer was Vice President of Production for Rainmaker Entertainment. Over the past 15 years, she has produced and executive produced, dozens of animated television series, video game cinematics, and direct-to-DVD features, including the popular Barbie Princess franchise with Mattel. She is an award-winning Producer, having received several Leo awards, an ELAN, a DTV, an AACTA, an Emmy award and was voted one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine in 2004.
Mark Miller is a founding partner and the CEO of Great Pacific Media, the factual arm of Thunderbird Entertainment. He is a rare mix of successful entrepreneur and artist. He is an award-winning writer, producer and music composer. His insatiable curiosity has lead him to build several companies that have created hundreds of hours of programming. As a leader, Mark’s drive for quality and integrity are at the root of his unprecedented commercial success in the international market. Mark is the creator of programs including: Highway Thru Hell, Heavy Rescue: 401 and Xtremely Wild.
Nicola Pender, Director of Communications
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