Loading site-loader
Our Team
site-loader

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
CEO and Chair
+
Jennifer Twiner McCarron
CEO and Chair

Jennifer Twiner McCarron is an award-winning producer and has been the CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment Group since 2018. Having joined Atomic Cartoons (Thunderbird’s Kids and Family division) as the Head of Production in 2011, Jenn was promoted to its chief executive in 2016, and under her leadership the studio grew from 25 artists to more than 1,200 today. She continues to hold both CEO roles, overseeing Thunderbird’s overall business as well as a team of more than 1,400 people across Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Los Angeles.

Asha Daniere
Lead Director
+
Asha Daniere
Lead Director

Asha Daniere currently serves as a Strategic Advisor at Asha Daniere Professional Corp., a consulting company, since March 2020. Her background includes her serving as Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at Blue Ant Media, Inc. and working as the Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Score Media, Inc. (formerly TSX: SCR), and working as General Counsel at FUN Technologies, Inc. (formerly TSX: FUN), an online gaming company.

Asha also currently serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies, including WonderFi Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS: WONDF), and SRX Health Solutions.  She was previously on the board of Proactive Group Holdings Inc., a financial media portal that provides news, commentary, and analysis of listed companies, and Riv Capital Inc. (CSE:RIV), a venture capital company, and in both cases she also served  as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Asha holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Azim Jamal
Director
+
Azim Jamal
Director

Azim Jamal is the CEO and Founder of Pacific Reach, a diversified investment company. He has extensive experience managing and overseeing investments in several industries, including real estate, hospitality, healthcare and private equity. In addition to his responsibilities with the Pacific Reach group, Azim oversees the creative direction and strategy for the company’s Hospitality and Entertainment Division. Azim is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Jérôme Levy
Director
+
Jérôme Levy
Director

Jérôme Levy was recently Vice Chairman of Archie Comics Publications (“Archie”), the company behind the comic book series of the same name as well as Netflix television series Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. At Archie, Jérôme oversaw aspects of TV and Film production, publishing, digital, international expansion, licensing and merchandising. He also negotiated production and licensing deals with Warner Brothers, Netflix and Spotify among others. Prior to joining Archie, Jérôme was a Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey’s Technology, Media & Telecom Group. He joined Houlihan Lokey after its acquisition of MESA, a boutique advisory firm specializing in digital and traditional media transactions, where he was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner. There, he spearheaded an array of investment banking, strategy and capital raising engagements for companies throughout the entertainment space including Endemol, Banijay and Tinopolis. Jérôme holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Taylor Henderson
Director
+
Taylor Henderson
Director

Taylor Henderson has served as an analyst at Voss Capital, LLC, a fundamental research-driven, value-oriented hedge fund focused on special situations, since 2015. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University.

David Lazzarato
Director
+
David Lazzarato
Director
David Lazzarato is an experienced Director with public and private companies and not-for-profit Boards with a focus on strategy, governance, leadership, finance, risk and compensation. He is currently on the Board and Chair of the Risk and Sustainability Committee of Flutter Entertainment ( Dublin ) and on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Canopy Growth ( Toronto ). He was previously Chair of the Boards of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, both in Hamilton.
As a senior executive he has a proven track record of success in leading growth, significant transformational changes and financial restructurings in the media, broadcast, telecommunications and aerospace industries. His impressive career also includes senior executive positions with Alliance Atlantis Communications, Allstream, Bell Canada and CAE. David has a B.Comm from McMaster University and an FCPA in Ontario ( 2006). He also earned his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management ( 2007 ).
Lisa Coulman
Director and Audit Chair
+
Lisa Coulman
Director and Audit Chair

Lisa is a senior financial and operational executive with a broad range of experience across multiple industries, including technology and entertainment & media.  Lisa is currently the CFO of Nobul Technologies, Inc., a high-growth technology company that was recently named the fastest growing Canadian technology company by Deloitte LLP. Previously, Lisa was an Audit Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, for over 10 years, where she maintained a large portfolio of private and public clients in the technology, entertainment and retail industries. Lisa also has extensive board experience, in particular taking a leadership role on various finance and audit, and governance committees. Lisa holds a B.A. Honours from the University of Waterloo and is a CPA, Chartered Accountant in Canada and a CPA in the United States.

Leadership Team

Simon Bodymore
CFO
+
Simon Bodymore
CFO

Simon Bodymore has more than 25 years’ experience leading financial teams for public and private companies, with a particular concentration in the last 15 years on working with fast-growing Canadian companies that operate internationally. He also has extensive experience raising financing for software-enabled businesses. Since 2014, he held the position of CFO at Vancouver-based software company Tasktop Technologies, assisting it to scale efficiently through a period of rapid growth that led to Tasktop’s acquisition by technology company Planview in 2022. Simon is also the recipient of a 2020 CFO of the Year award from Business in Vancouver.

Jennifer Twiner McCarron
CEO and Chair
+
Jennifer Twiner McCarron
CEO and Chair

Jennifer Twiner McCarron is an award-winning producer and has been the CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment Group since 2018. Having joined Atomic Cartoons (Thunderbird’s Kids and Family division) as the Head of Production in 2011, Jenn was promoted to its chief executive in 2016, and under her leadership the studio grew from 25 artists to more than 1,200 today. She continues to hold both CEO roles, overseeing Thunderbird’s overall business as well as a team of more than 1,400 people across Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Los Angeles.

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

Richard is the President of Thunderbird’s Global Distribution and Consumer Products division 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.

Lori Massini
General Counsel
+
Lori Massini
General Counsel

As General Counsel, Lori Massini will work with the executive team to ensure that there is a high standard of legal compliance across the business and provide advice to business units across the company, while also continuing to oversee Thunderbird’s Legal and Business Affairs team. Lori joined Thunderbird in 2021 and was most recently Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Prior to that, she practiced entertainment law for more than 10 years, assisting numerous Canadian and American producers and studios with their legal and business affairs needs. Lori has acted as production counsel for original programming for networks such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Food Network and Discovery. She has extensive experience negotiating contracts for actors, directors, producers and crew, managing employment and labour issues, advising on corporate legal matters and overseeing complex financing arrangements. Lori has also created online course, Producer Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Affairs and Production Law for Film and Television, with fellow entertainment lawyer Heather Watt, to help those interested in the field.

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.

site-loader