ABOUT US

WIND SUN SKY ENTERTAINMENT IS A CANADIAN MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY. THE STUDIO IS LED AND CONTROLLED BY FORMER LUCASFILM EXECUTIVE, CATHERINE WINDER (THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, STAR WARS; THE CLONE WARS, ROBERT KIRKMAN’S SECRET HISTORY OF COMICS). BASED IN VANCOUVER, WE ARE A FULL-SERVICE PRODUCER OF CREATOR DRIVEN CONTENT WITH A FOCUS ON DEVELOPING CANADIAN CONTENT FOR THE DOMESTIC, U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE.

WSS IS LOOKING FOR GREAT PROJECTS AND PEOPLE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN ALL MEDIUMS INCLUDING FILM, TV (BOTH LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATION) AND GAMES. WE USE OUR EXPERTISE TO EXTEND IP AND CREATORS INTO THE RIGHT FORMS OF CONTENT IN SUPPORT OF BUILDING MULTI-PLATFORM FRANCHISES.

OUR TEAM

Catherine Winder

CEO

Catherine is our CEO/Executive Producer. Finding and collaborating with all sorts of incredible talent, no matter the medium; TV/Film/Shorts/Games/L&M for live action or digital content, is her passion. She’s had the good fortune to work with iconic talent over the years including George Lucas, Chris Meledandri, Robert Kirkman, Donna Gigliotti, Bill Hanna, Todd McFarlane, Ralph Bakshi and Peter Chung to name a few, and looks forward to adding to that list! Read More

Adapting big brands into multi-platform digital content is one of her most notable areas of expertise. She is currently adapting and Executive Producing Robert Kirkman’s highly anticipated series based on his comic book, Invincible for Amazon as well as Summoners War a massive game (100+ million players) for C2 in Korea. In the kids’ space she adapted and produced Robert Kirkman’s Super Dinosaur into an animated series and game. Building a studio and team, she produced The Angry Birds Movie, based off the hugely successful game and is Executive Producer on The Angry Birds Movie 2. Another incredible career challenge was adapting the Star Wars franchise. Working with George Lucas directly, she oversaw the development and produced the first animated Star Wars movie and highly rated animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
She is a board member of the Vancouver Economic Commission. She is also an author of the industry handbook “Producing Animation” for Focal Press. Catherine has consulted, produced and/or worked with most of the major content producers in North America including; Fox Feature Animation/Blue Sky Studios, DisneyToons Animation, Hanna-Barbera/Turner Productions, HBO Original Programming, MTV, LucasFilm, Skybound Entertainment LLC, Spin Master Entertainment and Illumination Entertainment.

Wilson Tang

Creative Director

Wilson Tang , is a world-class art director and entrepreneur with experience working on some of the world’s most well-known game and digital entertainment properties through his work with EA, Lucasfilm and as co-founder of the mobile game company Kabam Vancouver. As creative advisor and art director for WSS, Wilson collaborates with our awesome film-makers and creators to develop our properties into timeless multi-platform franchises. Read More

His innovative approach and spirit to film-making inspires the team to create unique aesthetics in support of a property’s narrative. Wilson also heads up the Augmented Reality edutainment company Yumebau Inc. which will be content partner for upcoming Wind Sun Sky endeavors

Krista Kelloway

Vice President, Production

A seasoned media professional, Krista has been involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry from development through delivery, including time spent in business affairs, digital content, reality casting, events, animation and live action production. With over 30 film and television credits in her career to date, Krista Kelloway brings invaluable experience and leadership to Wind Sun Sky Entertainment as Vice President of Production. Read More

At WSS Krista is overseeing the development of a comprehensive franchise series for the video game Summoners War in addition to various live action and digital interactive projects. For AMC and Skybound North, Krista produced Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

Laura Wheeler

Sr Director of Business Affairs

Laura is a senior-level Business Affairs Executive with over 22 years of experience in television working with Canadian and international producers, distributors and broadcasters. From acquisitions to development, production to post production, and distribution and marketing Laura has managed all the business affairs on hundreds of hours of scripted, unscripted series and animated features and series. Read More

Laura’s credits include:
DaVinci’s Inquest (CBC), Cold Squad (CTV), Motive (ABC), Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH (Knowledge), and The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Shaw), ReBoot: The Guardian Code (YTV)

Lisa Snelling

Director of Production Operations

Lisa runs the day-to-day studio. She loves collaborating with film-makers, artists and kick-ass production teams in a co-creative and inspired environment. She is a great person to reach out to if you want to learn more about WSS. She has worked in office administration for various industries over 30 years, and has an education in visual arts (UBCO BFA). Most recently she ran the Vancouver studio for the Angry Birds Movie (2016) released by Columbia Tristar. Read More

Vancouver arts/entertainment clients have included Paul Wong Projects, On Main (On The Cutting Edge Productions Society), Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and Rovio Animation.

Paul Furminger

Director

Paul is a visionary short and long form content and gaming director. At WSS he works with our teams to bring characters to life in a both a traditional and digital interactive space. His enthusiastic and innovative approach to storytelling is an inspiration to all that work with him. For WSS he has most recently adapted, written and directed a short film based on the massive game Summoners War (85 million players+). Read More

Prior to joining WSS he was at Creative Director for one of Canada’s top creative agencies. He got his start in visual effects at Rainmaker Digital Pictures working on shows such as Starge: SG-1 and feature films like I, Robot and Tropic Thunder.

Anastasia Walker

Executive Producer’s Assistant/Office Coordinator

Anastasia hails from Spruce Grove, Alberta, where her love of theatre helped push her to develop both on and off-stage productions, leading her to discover a passion for filmmaking. Ana enrolled at the Art Institute of Vancouver, and her commitment earned her spots as a director, editor, and producer for three graduating class projects and the ‘Best of Show’ award for her portfolio.
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Ana began working as a producer and filmmaker for local Vancouver commercial companies, and then as a Production Manager on her first feature film, The Prodigal Dad, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in 2017. Most recently, Ana worked as the Post Production Coordinator on AMC and Skybound North’s Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

Serena Bickerstaff

Production Coordinator/Office Administrator

Serena Bickerstaff is our Production Coordinator/Office Administrator. She comes to us with a background in many different aspects of production having worked in roles such as Producer Assistant, Production Coordinator on such shows as ABC’s The Good Doctor, Prison break, Timeless and Charmed.
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Serena is passionate about film making and excited to continue her journey as part of the WSS Team.

Partners

The film-makers behind such notable projects as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outcast, Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, are minority partners in the venture along with entrepreneur Jon Goldman (Greycroft Capital).

News & Events

Summoners War film fans rejoice! We are able to announce Summoners War: Friends & Rivalshas been made an official selection for the FilmQuest Film Awards – with possibility to be granted the coveted and prestigious Cthulhu Trophy.

Going into it’s 6th annual year, FilmQuest has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World” (2019) as well as twice named ‘Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” (2017 & 2015). The festival takes place from September 6th-14th, 2019 in Provo, Utah.

For more on FilmQuest, and nomination announcements please check out FilmQuest’s websiteand Facebook pages.

For those of you who missed San Diego Comic Con 2019, we have some exciting news from The Walking Dead panel!

On Friday, July 19th, in Hall H, there was an announcement that beloved leader, Rick Grimes, will return in an untitled movie by Universal Pictures.

For more on The Walking Dead news, check out The Walking Dead twitter & Movie Teaser.

Anybody that is attending San Diego Comic Con 2019 will have a musical surprise waiting for them!

There are five lovable singing monsters available for purchase at the Skybound Entertainment booth #1915. Squeeze these huggable creatures from Commonwealth to hear their iconic songs. Choose your favorite for $20 USD, or take all five home for $80 USD.

Enjoy the con!

As we have been working hard on the Summoners War universe, we want to celebrate updates from our partners at Com2uS!

In a huge game update, the Dimensional Hole has finally been opened! If you haven’t played Summoners War before, now is definitely the time to start as a new, mysterious island has been unlocked. With second awakenings for monsters, new challenges and in-game event rewards this is an update that shouldn’t be missed!

Unleash your beast by checking out the official trailer and downloading Summoners War on Google Play and the App Store.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members to join as they keep up their pledge to diversify their ranks including our very own CEO, Catherine Winder. The 2019 class is 50% women, 29% people of color, and represents 59 countries.

For more on this exciting announcement, and other Academy news please visit The Hollywood Reporter and Oscars.org.

Super Dinosaur fans – we have a toy exclusive for you!

A limited-edition figure set of Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur will be available soon!. There are only 500 sets in existence, and will make their debut in the next few months!

Wind Sun Sky partnered with Spin Master to create the animated television series that premiered in Canada on Teletoon in 2018.

For more on these exciting figurines please check out Skybound!

British Columbia is booming for universe franchise expansion!

More and more companies are expanding their IP’s through multiple mediums, in film, merchandise, games and more. Wind Sun Sky is one of the companies spearheading this new approach with properties such as My Singing MonstersSummoners War and Invincible.

To hear more about the future of IP from our very own VP Production/Franchise Producer, Krista Kelloway, check out KamloopsMatters.com

Exciting pop culture announcements from our partners at FanWraps!

Products for My Singing Monsters will be joined by licenses from Star Trek, Fallout 76 and even more!

To read more, please visit toybook.

My Singing Monsters was a smash hit at the recent 2019 New York Toy Fair!

My Singing Monsters was the star of the show at PlayMonster and Commonwealth booths. The former had a Furcorn mascot greeting guests as they entered the conference with a sneak peek at upcoming figurines. The latter showcased the “cute” and cuddly plushes that were released in later 2018.

Get a jump on collecting Monster plush for the 2019 holiday season by visiting The My Singing Monsters Amazon Store. Figurines to go on sale soon!

To read more on My Singing Monsters at NYTF please visit newadvance and The Straits Times.

If you’re excited about the upcoming Summoners War series, you’ll love this!

A special animated short film has been released by Com2uS to celebrate the apps 100 million downloads. This exciting adventure shows two key summoners, Durand and Morgana, on their quest to find a jewel. These key characters were joined by beloved monsters, Akia and Bernard, and the newly introduced, mech-suit controlling, Batu.

The film was so well received, that it reached over 3 million views within the first month!

Check out Summoners War Frends & Rivals on YouTube.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (The Canadian Academy) has just announced the nominees in 135 film, television, and digital content categories for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.

We have the exciting announcement that Super Dinosaur has been nominated in two categories! William Lau for Best Direction in an Animated Series and Miguel Nunes for Best Sound in Animation. This is William’s first nomination for the Canadian Screen Awards and Miguel’s second, having first been nominated for Sound Editing for horror film The Unseen (2016). Super Dinosaur is based on Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard’s book, Executive Produced by Robert Kirkman, Catherine Winder and Dave Alpert, Produced by Kylie Ellis, and Coordinated by Kerry Harrington

Organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the annual prize celebrates achievements in homegrown screen content, including film, television, and digital media.

The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).

Shhh, an exclusive announcement has been released on The Hollywood Reporter for Summoners War!

The upcoming animated television adaptation of Summoners War has attached Chris “Doc” Wyatt and Kevin Burke as writers and producers. This extension joins the 50 pieces of online content and the upcoming February 11th, 2019 YouTube release of the Summoners War Short.

Doc and Kevin are no strangers to Wind Sun Sky, having integral roles in the adapted animated series, Super Dinosaur, produced by Wind Sun Sky’s Kylie Ellis. Other credits include Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesIron Man: Armored Adventures and the upcoming Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.

Read more by visiting The Hollywood Reporter.

The Canadian Media Producers’ Association’s Annual Prime Time in Ottawa Conference closed on February 1st, 2019.

Our CEO, Catherine Winder, spoke at her closing keynote, “Finding Your IP Within Your IP; Building Franchises” on January 31st. Her keynote was hosted by Moyra Rodger, Founder and CEO of Magnify Digital. Key take aways from Catherine’s keynote included creating a franchise plan, creating strong partnerships, taking risks in adapting an IP.

Check out Catherine in the official photo gallery at CMPA’s Media Room

Wind Sun Sky’s adult animated series, Invincible, has set its star-studded cast!

Leading the cast for this upcoming Amazon series is Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), as the titular character Invincible, and J.K. Simmons (Counterpart) as his extra-terrestrial superhero father, Omni-Man. Additional voice talents include Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin and Max Burkholder, among others yet to be announced.

For more on this exciting update, please visit Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.

Our CEO, Catherine Winder has been announced as a keynote speaker for the Canadian Media Producers Association’s annual Prime Time in Ottawa Conference.

The CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries. The 2019 conference will be held from January 30th-February 1st.

To learn more on how to attend Catherine’s keynote please visit Prime Time.

The My Singing Monsters world is expanding with the announcement of PlayMonster as our North American master toy partner!

Playmonster (formally known as Patch Products) is an award-winning manufacturer and marketer that specializes in games, children’s puzzles, toys, activities and teaching tools. Some of their most popular products include Yeti in My Spaghetti, Wonder Crew, The Game of Things and 5 Second Rule.

This multi-year deal promises to launch figures, playsets, games and accessories under the My Singing Monsters umbrella. Our first wave of products will be hitting shelves in the US, UK and Canada in Fall 2019.

To read more about this announcement, check out Kidscreen and License Global.

Since the founding of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment we have had the utmost support from our strategic relationship with Skybound Entertainment, from which we have been able to work on such properties as Super Dinosaur and Invincible.

One of Skybound’s key founders, Robert Kirkman (of Walking Dead fame) has been honored with the 2018 Variety500. This is a list of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the entertainment industry as chosen by Variety’s editorial board.

To see more on this list please visit Variety.

Catch our very own, Catherine Winder, at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival!

Catherine will be speaking on the Building Bridges: Fostering Productive Partnerships Panel at 9:00am on Thursday, November 29th. This panel will be moderated by the EVP & Managing Director at Lionsgate, Susan Hummel.

Partnerships are key to longevity and relevance in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace. But how do you find the right business and creative partnerships for your company? Leading companies discuss how they are ensuring future successes through key strategic partnerships.

For more information on this panel please go to Whistler Film Festival.

Big news for Summoners out there!

We are thrilled to announce our part in the Summoners War expansion creative process, from 2D character development to 3D animation.

During the Summoners War World Arena Championship 2018 (SWC 2018) parent company Com2uS released a teaser for the upcoming Summoners War Animated Short. This short gives fans a behind the scenes peek at what goes into adapting a beloved IP into animation.

Summoners War is the flagship mobile RPG developed by Com2us. Launched globally in 2014, the game has ranked #1 grossing in RPG games in 108 countries (App Store) and in 96 countries (Google Play). Summoners War features over 1,000 unique characters and provides a premium mobile RPG experience gamers are able to enjoy anytime and anywhere.

Stay tuned for the 2019 release of the Summoners War Short!

For more information on this announcement please visit Gaming Cypher and Gamer Hub.

We are excited to announce the premiere of Super Dinosaur on September 8th, 2018 as a part of Canadian network Teletoon’s fall lineup. This 26 episode television series was created in partnership with Spin Master.

Does anything sound MORE AWESOME than being a 10 year-old who protects the world by fighting alongside his best friend who happens to be a LIVING TYRANNOSAURUS REX?!! Leaping from the pages of the comic book series by Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard, SUPER DINOSAUR is an animated half-hour action/comedy series aimed at kids 6–11. The series focuses on DEREK DYNAMO (10) and his best-friend SUPER DINO (12) a genetically engineered Tyrannosaurus Rex with human-level intelligence and an aptitude for awesome combat gear.

For more information on this announcement please visit Kidscreen.

Further to our licensing work with Big Blue BubbleSkybound Entertainment and Alita’s Brand Bar, we are excited to announce our new joint licensing program with Commonwealth Toys and FanWraps.

Commonwealth toys are known for their ever growing line of licenses including Angry Birds, Sponge Bob, and PAW Patrol among many others. We will be working to produce a complete line of plush toys from the hit game My Singing Monsters.  The first characters will be rolled out in time for the 2018 holiday season and will be available through e-commerce and select retailers.

FanWraps is a graphics and accessories company that specializes in creating high performance outdoor vehicle wraps. They are most known for their Star Wars and Fallout lines. We will be creating a line of automotive products, home décor, collectibles and electronic accessories based off of the My Singing Monsters characters. These accessories are expected to debut in late 2018.

For more information on these joint programs please visit kidscreen, Licensing.biz and Children’s Retail Today

From page to screen, we are excited to announce our involvement in bringing ‘Invincible’ to life!

The ‘Invincible’ comic series created by Skybound’s Robert Kirkman has been greenlit for 8 hourlong episodes by Amazon Studios.

Invincible is an adult superhero show that revolves around Mark Grayson, a normal teenager except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and enters into his father’s tutelage.

To see more on this announcement please visit IGN, Screen Rant, and Variety

We have kicked off our broad cross category global licensing program with Big Blue Bubble and Skybound Entertainment.

The program will initially include collectible merchandise, toys and lifestyle products based on the characters, their island habitats and their creative musical abilities.

To inquire please connect with Alita’s Brand Bar, global licensing agent for My Singing Monsters: info@alitasbrandbar.com.

If you were tuned into the Summoners War World Arena Championship 2017 you would have heard some exciting news!

 

Skybound (along with Skybound North & Wind Sun Sky Entertainment) are going to be working with Com2uS to expand the mobile RPG Summoners War Universe! We will be working together to help expand the franchise into various mediums, including comics, animated series and more.

 

Summoners War is a mobile turn-based strategy game that allows players to assume the role of a summoner, utilizing over 1000 monsters to fight in turn-based battles. Since its launch in 2014, the game has amassed more than 80 million downloads worldwide and generated over one billion dollars in revenue to date, defying industry means by continuing to grow in popularity worldwide.

 

For more information on this announcement please visit Hollywood ReporterSkybound and Bleeding Cool.

We’re very proud to announce that we’ll be adapting Big Blue Bubble‘s hit mobile game, My Singing Monsters into an animated series entitled Those Singing Monsters! Our partnership with Big Blue Bubble allows us to move beyond just TV as well, with a consumer products and licensing program currently being developed.

My Singing Monsters is a beloved and critically acclaimed top-grossing game on the App Store and Google Play, with more than 75 million players worldwide. The free-to-play family-friendly title explores rich and intriguing worlds where players engage in discovery, creativity, and delight by breeding and feeding lovable singing monsters to build unique melodies.

For more on this announcement, visit The Hollywood Reporter!

For more information on My Singing Monsters, check out this behind the scenes video.

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