Owner / Producer
You might think that over the past 30 years Heather has done nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe the animation industry, seeing as she’s worked as an Executive Producer, and Producer at some of Canada’s largest animation studios, including Nelvana Limited. You might think that her preferred method of travel is by plane, as she’s worked with clients and projects around the globe in countries as diverse as Canada, Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia, to name a few. You might wonder if she can spell out the entire alphabet with the acronyms of the diverse networks she’s produced broadcast materials for, including ABC, NBC, BBC, CBC, YTV, NICK, TVO and FOX. You may even suggest that she could run an entire animation studio by herself, as she has acted in roles from development to pre-sales to financing to production to negotiating licensing and broadcasting options.
Claude has been in the animation business for almost thirty-five years. Even before opening the doors to Yowza Animation Inc. in 1996, he had traveled the world and gain an impressive resume with experience in feature films, T.V. series, commercials, music videos and specials. His clients include: Warner Bros., Disney Features, DreamWorks Features among many of the world’s industry leaders. Claude’s attention to detail, and the loyalty of top-notch talent towards him, lead to the unparalleled success of Yowza Animation. Claude is happy with the new structure of Yowza Animation as it allows him to continue his passionate focus on the animation art form!
Julian has a broad range of TV and Film experience which include feature films, documentary series, U.S. political campaigns, live TV broadcasts, interstitials, live theater and commercials. On his journey to becoming a producer, he has gotten coffee for such notables as: Ridley Scott, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Richard Dreyfuss, Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman. In his spare time, Julian likes to throw things: curling stones, frisbees, and golf clubs.
Tahir is a director and storyboard supervisor who has been known to go days without sleep to achieve his deadlines, fueled only by peanut butter granola bars. Despite, or because of, a relentless perfectionist streak, he has achieved over six years of industry experience as a Storyboard Artist and Flash Animator, rapidly propelling himself into the position of Assistant Director and Storyboard Supervisor. He anticipates that this early taste of success is most likely to sentence him to many more years of dedicated animation workaholism and therefore lots of roses and chocolates for his wife
A FIVE YEAR OLD ONCE SAID SHE WAS VERY FRUSTRATED WITH ME AND I FELT THE SATISFACTION OF A JOB WELL DONE. THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP.
Assistant Art Director
Vesna has 20 years of experience in the animation industry. She has Art directed, designed and painted backgrounds on numerous projects that have been widely recognized and honoured. She has a true passion for animation. When asked about her future? "I wish to be part of a 'Heritage moment' just like the creator of Superman.” All revved up and ready to go!
Artist & Animator
When it comes to “Old School Animation”, Roger is about as old as they come. Highlights of his career include Animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, design, boarding and animation for special FX on the live action movie Highlander. Working on many Pop Videos for Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Paula Abdul and Queen as well as designing the Queen Album “It's Kind of Magic”…. (I think I'll take a nap now!).
Even though I have a few miles on me, working on new, exciting projects is what keeps me young. “Welcome to the Wayne” certainly qualifies and I'm, super excited for the challenge.
Singer, dancer, comedian.. A real triple threat. The complete package. Described on more than one occasion as a "tour de force". I mean, come on, this guy is unreal. Just.. wow.. DM for bookings.
After having achieved all of his professional and spiritual career goals as a supermodel, Mr.Ferguson chose to branch out, and now spends his days directing cartoons.
Caffeine-dependent, plant-based human. Things I make: animation, music, stuff up.
Our Playful yet feisty executive assistant.
Welcome to the accounting department, where everybody counts.
Ceferino is a highly-organized individual who adopts a systematic approach to problem solving. He has been with Yowza for over 15 years and has had a lot of opportunities to work on feature film projects including The Princess and the Frog, Curious George, and Osmosis Jones. Ceferino has also worked for the VFX company as an IT. His VFX credits includes films such as Wolves, Saw III to VII, Borealis and Repo The Genetic Opera.
With more than 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, Jacqueline has developed a broad range of expertise including government agency incentives and structuring, financing and managing domestic and international film and television productions. While being involved with over 150 television and film productions, Jacqueline developed comprehensive experience in-cluding corporate finance, budgeting, cash management and corporation planning, feature film, television and animation production, distribution, book publishing and music manufacturing and publishing. In addition to her own slate, Jacqueline is regularly engaged by producers, financi-ers/investors, banks and professional firms to advise on production matters.
Business and Regulatory
Over the past 18 years, Judith has provided business affairs services for over 90 feature film, television and animation projects. She has extensive expertise in diverse aspects of financial closings, securing CAVCO and provincial tax credits, international treaty co-production certifi-cation, Telefilm funding, NOHFC funding, OMDC Film Funding, Nova Scotia/NSBI Funding, CRTC and CMF certifications. She can sweetly inspire cooperation between governmental bodies, producers, finance professionals - even cats and dogs (of which she has one each).
"Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
Assistant Production Manager
Like an orange with legs.
Layout & Previs supervisor
Dolce Vita expert and passionate artist!
Compositor and Editor
Bike. Plaid. Coffee. Go.
Pre, Post & Web Coordinator
Hey, How's it going?
Tús maith leath na hoibre
Cute and useful.
A Night Owl who loves the Sun, a Caffeine Lover who doesn’t drink Coffee. Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.
Give me a pencil and a piece of paper and I'm happy!
The one wearing black. Just so glad I get to board stories!
I like to go by the motto of living life as if you are the main character in a movie. If you want to be a medieval knight then do it!
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