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Thunderbird Entertainment Group taps former Nickelodeon creative David Gerhard to guide Atomic Cartoons productions

The incoming studio creative director will oversee teams working on projects for NBCUniversal

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Atomic Cartoons opened its Ottawa production studio in December 2018

Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc (CVE:TBRD) said Tuesday its Atomic Cartoons division has made a key executive hire to help guide the amination studio’s projects in production.

The Vancouver-based entertainment company has appointed former Nickelodeon Amination creative director David Gerhard to lead Atomic’s Ottawa team as studio creative director.

Gerhard, who is relocating from Los Angeles to the Canadian capital, will oversee teams working on projects for NBCUniversal.

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Thunderbird CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron said that the production company was “ecstatic” to welcome Gerhard to Ottawa.

"David's immense talent will continue to lift and push our studio's creative and his presence in Ottawa will offer mentorship and inspiration to both Atomic and the entire Ottawa animation community,” Twiner McCarron said in a statement.

During his tenure at Nickelodeon, Gerhard was part of the leadership team that developed the virtual reality experience for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and directed the production company’s first live two-dimensional amination stream for Facebook.

Prior to Nickelodeon, he held roles at Titmouse, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros Entertainment.

Atomic Cartoons opened its Ottawa production studio in December 2018.

Last week, the studio struck a deal with Cyber Group Studios and Outright Games to produce a 'The Last Kids on Earth' video game.

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