Michael Hefferon Appointed President of Rainmaker Animation

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Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment Inc. has appointed fea­ture film and TV exec­u­tive Michael Hef­feron as pres­i­dent and exec­u­tive pro­ducer, Craig Gra­ham, newly appointed chair­man and CEO of the Vancouver-based CGI ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion stu­dio, announced.

The appoint­ment of Hef­feron reflects Rainmaker’s con­tin­u­ing expan­sion into both areas of client CGI ani­ma­tion ser­vices, as well as orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion with enter­tain­ment part­ners world­wide, such as the studio’s part­ner­ship with the Wein­stein Com­pany on the upcom­ing fea­ture film Escape From Planet Earth.

Hef­feron joins a team of pro­fes­sional ani­ma­tion and cre­ative tal­ent at Rain­maker led by Kim Dent Wilder, senior vice-president of pro­duc­tion and operations.

Hef­feron brings to his lead­er­ship role at Rain­maker an exten­sive career in the TV and fea­ture film indus­try, hav­ing pro­duced more than 500 half-hours of pro­gram­ming for tele­vi­sion and numer­ous the­atri­cal motion pic­tures. Hef­feron joins Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment from Bardel Enter­tain­ment, where he served as vice-president of busi­ness devel­op­ment and exec­u­tive pro­ducer, and over­saw the Van­cou­ver ani­ma­tion company’s numer­ous high-profile pro­duc­tions and asso­ci­a­tions with broad­cast­ers worldwide.

He pre­vi­ously served as man­ag­ing direc­tor of Aus­tralian CGI ani­ma­tion com­pany Fly­ing Bark Pro­duc­tions PTY Ltd, and as senior vice-president of pro­duc­tion and devel­op­ment for Ger­man ani­ma­tion stu­dio BFC Berliner Film Com­panie Pro­duc­tions GmbH, where he also was co-producer on the ani­mated fea­ture film Hap­pily N’ever After.

Ear­lier in his career, Hef­feron headed up ani­ma­tion co-productions for Gul­lane Entertainment/HIT Enter­tain­ment and served as vice-president of pro­duc­tion and devel­op­ment for Toronto-based ani­ma­tion com­pany Cat­a­lyst Enter­tain­ment. Hef­feron also was founder and Pres­i­dent of Phoenix Ani­ma­tion, his own stu­dio, which quickly gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a high-quality pro­duc­tion stu­dio with such cred­its as Fer­n­Gully: The Last Rain­for­est, Thum­be­lina, A Goofy Movie and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2.

Hef­feron will con­tinue to serve as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on his cur­rent series projects with Bardel Enter­tain­ment.

In addi­tion to Hefferon’s appoint­ment, Bardel Enter­tain­ment CEO Delna Bhe­sa­nia was appointed to Rainmaker’s board of directors.

We are extremely pleased to announce Michael Hefferon’s appoint­ment to Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment. Michael ranks among the top ech­e­lon on tele­vi­sion and film pro­duc­tion and busi­ness exec­u­tives whose exten­sive expe­ri­ence and impres­sive track record of suc­cess will prove to be of great ben­e­fit to our com­pany as we con­tinue our growth as a co-production part­ner and ani­ma­tion ser­vice provider,” said Graham.

At the same time, we are delighted to wel­come Delna Bhe­sa­nia to Rainmaker’s board. A glob­ally rec­og­nized ani­ma­tion exec­u­tive, we look for­ward to Delna bring­ing her wealth of ani­ma­tion expe­ri­ence to our group.”

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