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Thunderbird makes management changes as Berkowitz departs

Thunderbird Entertainment Group has announced changes across its leadership and management teams as President and Chief Creative Officer Matthew Berkowitz departs the company for a new opportunity.

Matthew Berkowitz

Effective May 31, Berkowitz’s responsibilities for overseeing the development of new animated and scripted IPs will be split between Aaron Behl and Kristin Cummings, both SVP, Originals at Atomic Cartoons, and Hillary Zwick Turner, SVP of Scripted Content, Thunderbird. The three executives will now report into Jennifer Twiner McCarron, CEO of Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird and Chair of the Thunderbird board of directors.

Thunderbird’s leadership team will now be composed of Twiner McCarron, CFO Simon Bodymore, and Richard Goldsmith, President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products, with Lori Massini serving as General Counsel.

“We wish Matthew the absolute best in his new endeavor and thank him for his creativity, vision, passion, and the key role he played in growing the Company to where we are today, including overseeing the launch of Atomic Originals, Thunderbird Scripted, Global Distribution & Consumer Products, and supporting the expansion of our production footprint,” said Twiner McCarron, in a company announcement. “We are so proud of Matthew and are looking forward to working together in new ways going forward.”

David Way

Thunderbird has also announced that David Way has been appointed CEO of Great Pacific Media (GPM), the Company’s unscripted subsidiary. Lindsay Macadam has been promoted into the role of President at GPM.

“Our people are the heart of Thunderbird, and our future remains incredibly bright with great visibility and productions booked into the coming years,” added Twiner McCarron. “We have a very solid foundation to support the Company’s growth and have the right leadership team in place for the next phase of Thunderbird’s evolution.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
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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