Thunderbird Entertainment opens new production hub in Ottawa

Thunderbird Entertainment Group has opened its new production hub in Ottawa.

Atomic Cartoons Ottawa will work on high quality animation projects, under the leadership of Chris Wightman. One of the first productions at the new studio will be animated series The Last Kids on Earth, based on the New York Times best-selling book series by Max Brallier, for Netflix.

“We have been looking to expand for some time and Ottawa is the perfect base for a full-service studio that produces animated, factual and scripted content. The city has an established animation sector and local universities are producing incredible talent at all levels,” said Jennifer Twiner McCarron, CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons, in a release. “It is important we tap into the potential of talent-pools across Canada to support Thunderbird’s plans for the future, and to keep up with the growing number of requests we are getting from partners like Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Discovery and the CBC.”

The new production hub will also focus on growing Thunderbird’s factual footprint in Ottawa, where segments of its hit series Heavy Rescue: 401 are already produced.

Ottawa has the depth of journalistic talent and is a great place to grow Canada’s rapidly expanding factual story telling industry,” noted company president Mark Miller. “It’s exciting to be in Ottawa, where our Thunderbird team has already started to tap into the city’s network of top level story tellers, to create our globally recognized factual content.”
Thunderbird is based in Vancouver, but also has offices in Los Angeles, London and Toronto, in addition to Ottawa.

The company went public in November and released its Q1 2019 financial highlights last week, reporting revenue of $14.36 million and net income of $1.46 million with adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 million.

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Connie Thiessen
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Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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