They made part of the first season of Fear The Walking Dead in Vancouver and now Skybound Entertainment are expanding to the Great White North with another AMC series and a new office. With all the advantages available in Vancouver thanks to the currency exchange, still favorable tax credits and seasoned crews and facilities, Robert Kirkman and partner and fellow The Walking Dead EP David Alpert are throwing up a Skybound North shingle for their L.A.-based production company in the city.
The already announced Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics docu-series for AMC will be one of Skybound North’s debut projects, the company said Tuesday. Looking to work with top Canadian writing and production talent, the soon-to-open full-service Vancouver office of the six-year old Skybound will be headed by ex-LucasFilm Animation executive and producer Catherine Winder. The former Fox SVP Production has worked on the likes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, The Angry Birds Movie and Ice Age as well as running her own media consulting business.
“The pedigree and experience Catherine brings to our team is invaluable,” said Skybound Chairman Kirkman, CEO Alpert and business partner Jon Goldman in a joint statement on Tuesday “Her foresight and creative intuition is reflected in the quality of her work, and will help expand our voice as storytellers,” they added “There is a vast pool of top notch Canadian talent and nobody knows the landscape better than Catherine. We look forward to what’s ahead with Catherine at the helm of Skybound North.”
“I am incredibly humbled and thrilled to work with Robert, David, Jon and the entire Skybound Entertainment team,” Winder said today. “Their commitment and ability to nurture and champion the voice of the creative community is inspiring.”
Making FearTWD S1 in the British Columbia town, which has Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, The CW’s The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and now Supergirl among the many shows and movies in production there, was not the only Saltwater City connection for the Skybound gang in recent years. Alpert was also an EP on the upcoming BBCAmerica series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which was filmed in Vancouver too. Last year was the best the long busy Canadian city has ever done production-wise with the WBTV shows and Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool helping to drive film and TV work up 40% over 2014.
The Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood starring adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novel debuts on October 22, with a sneak peek being shown this week during the channel’s New York Comic-Con presentation. Kirkman and Alpert will also be at NYCC for various panels including a TWD presentation just ahead of the much anticipated Season 7 October 23 premiere.
Oh, and FearTWD Season 3 is not being made in Vancouver – in case you were fishing for details, zombie apocalypse fans.