Rainmaker Entertainment

Bell takes Wow stake in equity swap deal

Canada’s Bell Media has taken a 12% stake in compatriot kids company Wow! Unlimited Media as part of an equity swap agreement. The deal sees Wow acquiring a Category B specialty network licence from Bell in exchange for an equity stake worth C$6.87 million (US$5.64 million). This will see Wow launching a branded linear network […]

Rainmaker buys Frederator, EH to form WOW!

Canada’s Rainmaker Entertainment has acquired kids companies Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, paying a total of C$22.2 million (US$16.2 million) to create a combined company. Once the ‘arms-length’ mergers are complete, the combined Rainmaker, Frederator and EH will become WOW! Unlimited Media. This Toronto-based firm will have a newly formed board and a reorganised […]

Rainmaker names Mainframe production chief

Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted Kylie Ellis to vice president, production at its TV division, Mainframe Entertainment. The newly-created position means Ellis will work on Mainframe’s original content and service work productions, reporting to Rainmaker’s senior VP, production and operations Kim Dent Wilder. She currently oversees Rainmaker’s 104x10mins episodes of Hit Entertainment’s Bob […]

Ex-MGM boss Hendry joins Rainmaker board

The former senior executive VP of television operations at LA studio MGM has joined the board of Canadian animation producer Rainmaker Entertainment. Steve Hendry will join a board that also comprises Tim McElvaine, Craig Graham, Jeff Sackman and Patrick Ryan. While at MGM, Hendry was responsible for financial operations, forecasting, planning and analysis for the […]

Canada’s Rainmaker hires Michael Hefferon as president

Canadian animation producer Rainmaker Entertainment has hired former Bardel Entertainment executive Michael Hefferon as president. The move will see Hefferon also become executive producer at the company, which is currently producing Escape From Planet Earth with The Weinstein Company. He will work with Craig Graham, chairman and chief executive of the CGI animation production studio, […]