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Our Team Is Our Success

Every show, award and ground-breaking technique reflects each dedicated and profoundly talented team member. Together, we create enriching and entertaining international programming

Board of Directors

Jennifer Twiner McCarron
President, CEO and Director
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Jennifer Twiner McCarron
President, CEO and Director

Jennifer joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird Entertainment’s animation and 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 Cartoons. Under her leadership, Atomic evolved from primarily a service hub into a full-fledged, independent content creator, producing content such as Beat Bugs and The Last Kids on Earth for Netflix. They have also optioned the rights to several 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 animated, factual and scripted divisions.

Marni Wieshofer
Lead Director
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Marni Wieshofer
Lead Director

Marni served as CFO and EVP of Corporate Development at Lionsgate Entertainment. There, she oversaw the M&A and other strategic financial initiatives that included Trimark Pictures, Artisan Entertainment and Redbus Films Distribution UK as well as the sale of Lionsgate Studios. Marni was LA-based Houlihan Lokey’s TMT Corporate Finance Group Managing Director, providing M&A, capital markets and financial restructuring, which included the Relativity Media and Weinstein Company bankruptcies. She was boutique investment bank MESA’s Partner and Managing Director, spearheading investment banking, strategy and valuation for companies throughout the media space. Marni sits on the Film2Future board, the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the Rotman School of Management and is Western University’s Women’s Volleyball Be Extraordinary Campaign Chair. Marni serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee

Azim Jamal
Director
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Azim Jamal
Director

Azim is the Pacific Reach Seniors Housing Management CEO, which he co-founded in 2014. He has extensive experience managing and overseeing investments in several industries, including real estate, hospitality, healthcare and technology. Azim is responsible for driving the creative direction and strategy for Pacific Reach’s Hospitality and Entertainment Division. Before Pacific Reach, he co-founded and managed Retirement Concepts, one of Canada’s largest privately held seniors housing companies. Azim is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and winner of the Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a trained family physician and graduated as an MD from the University of British Columbia.

Paul Sparkes
Director
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Paul Sparkes
Director

Mr. Sparkes is an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of experience in media, finance, capital markets, and Canada’s political arena. He spent a decade as a leader in the broadcast and media industry as CTV globemedia’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. He also held senior positions in public service, including with the Government of Canada as Director of Operations to Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, and as a senior aide to two Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Sparkes was a co-founder and executive vice-chairman at Difference Capital Financial and serves on a number of private and public boards. He is currently President and founder of Otterbury Holdings Inc, Global Alternatives Advisory, and is an advisor and deal maker for growth companies in the private and public markets.

Frank Giustra
Director
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Frank Giustra
Director

Frank’s entrepreneurial success extends to both his established works within the natural resource industry and the film industry. Frank is President and CEO of Fiore Financial Corporation and Co-Chair of International Crisis Group. Frank founded Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. when film was just starting to take off in Vancouver. Now this American-based Canadian company is one of the world’s largest independent film companies. Previously, Frank served as President, Chairman and Executive Officer at Yorkton Securities Inc. and as Chairman of Endeavour Financial Corporation. Frank is a noted philanthropist who sits on numerous boards. He also launched the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Brian Paes-Braga
Chair
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Brian Paes-Braga
Chair

Brian is the Thunderbird Entertainment Chair and sits on the board of DeepGreen Metals Inc. He is also Principal, Head of Merchant Banking at SAF Group, a leading structured credit and merchant banking group. They work with high growth companies to provide flexible and long-term capital solutions to public and private corporations with stable returns for investors. Brian was Founder and CEO of Lithium X Energy Corp., which raised approximately $53 million and sold for $265 million within 2.5 years. Brian is an International Crisis Group advisory council member. His private family foundation, Quiet Cove Foundation, supports charities and research groups to source innovative solutions to large scale social issues. Brian currently attends Harvard Business School’s Owners, Presidents and Management program.

Cameron White
Corporate Secretary
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Cameron White
Corporate Secretary

Cam is one of Thunderbird Entertainment’s founders and served as COO during critical phases of the company’s growth. As a corporate securities lawyer and entrepreneur, Cam’s 35+ year career has been almost entirely focussed on finding, financing and building growth opportunities in several sectors including media, natural resources and technology. He is also the co-founder of Caliber Ventures, a British Columbia-based tech and new media fund. Important milestones achieved during his tenure with Thunderbird Entertainment were the acquisitions of Atomic Cartoons and Great Pacific Media, and the financing and public listing of Thunderbird on the TSX.

Linda Michaelson
Director
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Linda Michaelson
Director

Linda is a partner and a Practice Group Leader for the Corporate and Securities Practice at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, Linda Michaelson is a prominent lawyer who brings with her a broad range of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, with a focus on companies primarily in the entertainment and digital media, technology, fashion, and healthcare industries. Linda’s experience also includes representing major motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, digital media companies, investors and other institutional entertainment, media and convergence clients in strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and other corporate finance transactions. Among her many accomplishments, she has been recognized multiple years in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report, as a Top Entertainment Attorney by Variety‘s Legal Impact Report, and named as a Best Lawyer in Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television in Best Lawyers of America (2018). In 2020, she was recognized in Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers listing, and also in the Best Lawyers in America listing in Best Lawyers. Linda also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the non-profit legal services organization, Bet Tzedek.

Leadership Team

Jennifer Twiner McCarron
President, CEO and Director
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Jennifer Twiner McCarron
President, CEO and Director

Jennifer joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird Entertainment’s animation and 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 Cartoons. Under her leadership, Atomic evolved from primarily a service hub into a full-fledged, independent content creator, producing content such as Beat Bugs and The Last Kids on Earth for Netflix. They have also optioned the rights to several 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 animated, factual and scripted divisions.

Barb Harwood
Chief Financial Officer
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Barb Harwood
Chief Financial Officer

Barb is CFO of Thunderbird Entertainment and is responsible for corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation. She’s been with Thunderbird Entertainment for more than fifteen years. Barb has previously sat on the board at the BC Branch of the Canadian Media Production Association (CPMA). 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.

Matthew Berkowitz
Chief Creative Officer
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Matthew Berkowitz
Chief Creative Officer

Matt joined Atomic Cartoons in 2016 as Vice President of Original Content when Atomic opened its first offices in Los Angeles. He was later appointed to serve as Chief Creative Officer for Thunderbird and Atomic Cartoons in 2019, and then also became the Los Angeles Studio Head upon its studio opening in 2020. In addition to his contributions as an Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer on numerous productions, Matt plays an important leadership role in Thunderbird’s long term growth strategy to expand, develop and exploit the Company’s diverse library of owned-IP.

Richard Goldsmith
President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products
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Richard Goldsmith
President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products

Richard is the President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products and oversees the sale of Thunderbird’s productions to media platforms as well as related consumer experiences.  He has led production, media distribution, licensing and merchandising and business development for major brands at The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company and Chartwell Partners, the investment company that controlled Spanish media group Univision Communications.  Prior to joining Thunderbird, Richard was President and CEO of Cyber Group Studios USA, a subsidiary of the Paris-based animation company.  Since 2016, he has also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, John C. Hench School of Animation & Digital Arts, where he teaches graduate-level animation artists about the business of animation.

Sarah Nathanson
General Counsel
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Sarah Nathanson
General Counsel

Sarah is General Counsel, where she applies her expertise and comprehensive legal and business affairs experience to support both the production crew and the corporate team across Thunderbird Entertainment. She has been in entertainment law for more than twelve years, both in private practice and in-house. Sarah was previously a Director of Business & Legal Affairs at DHX Media (now WildBrain). She studied Law at the University of Victoria. Sarah has worked on numerous productions, including the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs television series and My Little Pony.

Who We Are

We are all skilled artists at our core. Beyond that, we are a diverse crew from myriad backgrounds, cultures, countries, beliefs and lives. Our drive to create unites us and our individuality fuels the quality and the content of our work.

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