Rainmaker Appoints Catherine Winder President
May 13, 2009

Rainmaker Appoints Catherine Winder President

Vancouver, Canada - Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.'s CEO Warren Franklin announced that veteran animation producer and creative executive, Catherine Winder, has joined Rainmaker Entertainment as president. Winder was most recently at Lucasfilm Animation where she set-up the studio and produced the Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," as well as the animated feature version which was released by Warner Bros. last summer. Kim Dent Wilder is also being added to the management team as senior vice president of Production and Operations. Tara Kemes will join Rainmaker as manager of talent development.
"I'm thrilled to be at the helm as we refocus and reinvigorate the studio toward family-oriented content in a wide variety of genres, in addition to continuing our successful service-based business.  Building on the great work that has been done over the years, Rainmaker, formerly Mainframe, has a talent base and innovative pipeline that is well poised to re-position itself and regain its place as a leader in our industry," Winder comments. "I look forward to establishing our own creative brain trust where we inspire, support, and encourage excellence. Plus, to be teamed up again with Warren and to work side by side with the incredible management team we've put in place is a terrific opportunity for me."
Catherine Winder
Rainmaker's executive team also includes Jennifer Twiner McCarron continuing as vice president of production, managing the day-to-day production of Rainmaker's various movies, DVDs, games, and series work; Tony Pelle, director of technology; and Ron Stinson, director of IT and operations.
McCarron, Pelle, and Stinson, along with Kemes, will report to Wilder. Kimberly Dennison, who joined the studio from Disney as director of development last year, will continue to work directly with Winder to develop the slate of in-house projects. Winder, who has been consulting with Rainmaker, has set the studio on a new trajectory. 
"There is exceptional creative talent here," Winder explains. "What makes it especially remarkable is the legacy of efficiency and flexibility that Rainmaker is also known for. As we proceed with all the pipeline improvements already underway, we envision our future to be very bright."
One of Winder's first new steps at Rainmaker is the production of an original short feature animation project, Luna, based on a concept from in-house producer Luke Carroll, and directed by Pixar alumnus Jon Mead. Luna will begin production this summer.
Over her distinguished career in animation,Winder has worked in feature films, home video, and television, in addition to running her own industry consulting business. She was senior vice president of production at Fox Feature Animation, where she oversaw the production of the Oscar-nominated hit Ice Age. Winder has produced such series as "Spawn" and "Spicy City" for HBO and Aeon Flux for MTV. She began her animation career in Asia, working for Walt Disney Television Japan, followed by positions at Hanna-Barbera/Turner Pictures in both Taiwan and Los Angeles. Winder also co-authored Producing Animation which is used as are ference text in animation schools. Kim Dent Wilder rejoins Rainmaker after a three-year break, during which time she was COO of Nexon Publishing North America (NPNA), a Vancouver-based global online entertainment company. During her previous stint at Rainmaker, she was vice president of production. 
In her new position,Wilder, reporting directly to Winder, will oversee all studio production operations including the ongoing service-based projects.