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Welcome to our latest quarterly newsletter, which we hope keeps you updated on our latest news and provides you with some Atomic fun!
Jennifer McCarron named President of Atomic

The Thunderbird Group has appointed Jennifer Twiner-McCarron as president of Atomic Cartoons, charged with continuing our growth and collaborations with partners.

Jennifer has been with Atomic since 2011, when she joined as head of production. She has supervised all in-house production and grown the animation team from 30 to 200-plus artists. She has led production on multiple titles, including Beat Bugs, the upcoming Netflix original series for kids featuring songs from the John Lennon/Paul McCartney catalogue; the award-winning Rocket Monkeys for TELETOON; and Little Charmers for Spin Master and Nelvana.

“I am thrilled to be taking on this new role at Atomic Cartoons at such an exciting time of growth and opportunity for Thunderbird and Atomic,” Twiner-McCarron said. “The talented people at Atomic Cartoons are innovative and passionate about animation, and I am honoured to be a part of this world-class team.”

Check out this Angry Birds promo short we worked on for Rovio. It's full of Angry Birds!
CBC has unveiled their fall-winter slate, which includes Thunderbird Films Kim’s Convenience, the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto.
Robert Simmons, Director of  Finance, presents Jenny and Kalli from KidStart Mentoring Program a cheque at Cartoonapalooza, as part of Atomic's ongoing support and commitment to a great mentoring program for kids and youth in Vancouver.
This June, Bobby Bruce aka Nearly Neil performed at our Cartoonapaloza Party at the Commodore Lanes. Atomic crew bowled, danced, played pool and games - everyone loved the venue and the music. Bowling and a Neal Diamond tribute band really makes for a fun party!
Photo credit: Chelsea Kerr
Crew Profile: Dorion Bell pictured above with her fiance Kelly Black in Oregon by Hay Stack Rock.

This month we are featuring one of our fantastic crew members who works behind the scenes - processing your paychecks! ! Dorion is a pleasure to work with and a super hard worker. Everyone meet Dorion Bell:

What do you do at Atomic?
I work in the accounting department processing payroll and accounts payable.

Explain your daily work day... A typical work day is composed of paperwork, data entry, emails and phone calls. It might sound uninteresting to most people, but it’s really rewarding!

How long have you been at Atomic? The beginning of August will mark one year!

How did you get into accounting? I’ve always been fond of numbers and puzzles. After my first accounting 101 basics course I was hooked!

What Post-Secondary School did you go to and why did you choose that school? I attended Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, since it had a great business program, small class sizes, and was only a 20 minute drive away from home.

Favourite things to do in Vancouver? I enjoy exploring the city for neat coffee shops, parks and hiking trails. I also relish relaxing at home, trying out new recipes and working on sewing projects.



ATOMIC CARTOONS NEWSLETTER ISSUE #11

Bike Raffle Winner

Atomic animator Mike Fetterly is the winner of a new summer ride. Built by My Community Bikes, the Norco 18' bike was raffled off for the month of June, bringing in $728 in support of KidStart Mentoring program. Thanks to everyone for their donations and support!
Beat Bugs Premieres August 3rd

Beat Bugs premieres on Netflix on August 3rd! Check out this Sunrise TV video here called " World's biggest artists team up for new screen project".
 Down the home stretch

Officially past the half way mark of the softball season, Atomic is currently standing in sixth place. Lots of time to come out and watch one of our games -  and the playoffs are coming in August. We still have a chance to win the VFX/Animation League - come out and show us your support!
iPad Stop Motion Workshop
Atomic is hosting a Hands on Media workshop. Participants will learn how to make their own stop-motion films. If you are interested in joining the workshop, send an email here. There are limited spots available.
Feline Fix
 
Get your Counterfeit Cat fix on the official website and follow @disneyxduk on Instagram - don't miss any of Max and Gark and their adventures. Now airing in the UK and USA - Canada next - stay tooned to our social media for details.
Jessie's Story

Take a moment to read this KidStart mentoring story. Thanks to generous donations from the public, Jesse got an amazing opportunity to lift her spirits. A small commitment that makes a BIG difference.
Hawaiian Friday

Aloha, Atomic crew dressed up Hawaiian style this month, even bringing in a full palm tree and coconuts to work! Popsicle treats followed for all crew in the parking lot.
$20K Refugee Crisis Film Prize

 Radcliffe Foundation founder Frank Giustra, in collaboration with VIFF, announced they will will award $20K prize for a short form "call-to-action" film that inspires, engages and empowers Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis. Read the full release here.
Bell Fund Talk

 Drawn Together Vancouver presented a interactive discussion with special guest speaker Nancy Chapelle, Executive Director of the Bell Fund. Held at Rainmaker, the session was moderated by Laura Wheeler and attracted a crowd of TV and digital media producers, content creators, and those interested in funding a project.
DTV's New Logo

Drawn Together Vancouver has put out a call to artists to create a logo for the new animation group that will be announced on July 12th. To find out more details join the DTV group today, and stay up to date with events and news about women in animation in Vancouver.

FAMILY BBQ
 
Atomic is having a fun family BBQ on Thursday, August 25th at Jericho Beach. Our directors and new president will be serving up hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone!
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