Catherine Winder has worked as both a producer and executive in feature film, home video, short films and television animation. She is currently producing a feature film based on the “Angry Birds” game, one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises and the number one app of all time. Setting up studios in LA and Vancouver, together with virtual teams of the best global talent, she will help bring this major brand to the big screen in July of 2016. Winder also runs her own media consulting business focused on business strategy, market integration of new technologies, project development and production. Her clients have included; Rovio Entertainment, DisneyToons Studios (Los Angeles, Japan and Australia), Illumination Entertainment, LucasFilm, Warner Bros. TV Animation, Laika Animation, Skybound Entertainment, and XD Productions. Previously, as President/Executive Producer and acting CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, a public company, she oversaw all creative, production and operational aspects of the studio. Her responsibilities included the development of a slate of feature films, the creation of a shorts program and the production and delivery of ten DVD’s for Mattel. Partnering with The Weinstein Company she produced the feature film, Escape from Planet Earth. For this movie she came in midway and restructured the project, hired and managed all of the key creative talent in order to ensure its’ completion and delivery.
During Winder's stint as President of Rainmaker Entertainment (May 12, 2009 - Jun 30, 2012), the company fell 77% in value. The stock price went from $0.87 to $0.20. The company was subsequently delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange  after failing to meet listing requirements.
Taking the Star Wars franchise into CG animation, Winder acted as Executive Producer for Lucasfilm Animation for the division and George Lucas’ Producer on the first animated Star Wars movie and highly rated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season I & 2). Writing the company’s business plan and setting-up their wholly owned studios in Singapore and Marin, she built and led a global team of over 200 artists and technical staff to develop and produce this content. As Senior Vice President, Production for Fox Feature Animation, working for Chris Meledandri, Winder was integrally involved in the transformation of Fox's Blue Sky Studio from a visual effects and commercial production house into a CG feature film studio. During her tenure at Fox, she was responsible for overseeing the production of the Oscar® nominated film Ice Age as well as completing Titan A.E. and ramping up Robots for production. Prior to Fox Feature Animation, Winder co-founded an animation studio for HBO. As Vice President of HBO Animation, she produced the award winning series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn based on the original graphic novels as well as Ralph Bakshi’s anthology series Spicy City. Before her stint at HBO, Winder garnered her first producing credit at Colossal Pictures, where she set up a unit to produce Aeon Flux for MTV in San Francisco, Japan and Korea. Working at Hanna-Barbera/Turner Productions, Winder oversaw all domestic and international production of made-for-TV movies, television series and shorts for many international territories. Some of her credits during this tenure include the original animated pilots for Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo, and The Power Puff Girls. At Turner she worked on the film Once Upon a Forest, living in Taiwan for ten months to ensure the project’s completion. Her animation career began at Disney TV Animation Japan where she lived for three years while working on the Tale Spin and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers series. Winder co-authored the second edition of her industry handbook “Producing Animation” for Focal Press released in September 2011. She also wrote and produced the award winning short film Luna in 2011 (Winner California Shorts Festival, Spokane/SpIFF, Silicon Valley Festival, Metropolitan Festival of NYC) featured within the book as an interactive website and case study in animated film production featured on Rainmaker.com.
Winder is a native of Toronto, Canada and began her film career in Japan, which she later said helped her in adopting anime and manga elements into the unique Clone Wars animation style.
Notes and references
- Lupick, Travis. "Clone Wars proved a galactic task for production team." The Georgia Straight, August 21, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
- Catherine Winder at the Internet Movie Database
- Meet the Producer and Director Of The Clone Wars at Celebration IV on StarWars.com
- The Clone Wars | Video Profile: Catherine on StarWars.com
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