Gertz to Head Rainmaker Animation

Canadian digital entertainment company Rainmaker Ent. has announced the formation of its new Rainmaker Animation division, an outgrowth of last year’s acquisition of computer animation studio Mainframe. Animation veteran Paul Gertz will serve as the exec VP of the unit.

“Structuring Rainmaker in this new way gives the industry a clear picture of our company’s vision going forward,” says Rainmaker Ent. CEO Warren Franklin. “With this new division, Rainmaker Animation, along with our other two divisions’Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Post’we will be able to join forces to maximize our clients’ creative vision and cost-saving efforts, and still pursue a wide variety of creative and service projects within each division.”

“Combining Rainmaker’s CG talent and high-end infrastructure with the Mainframe team creates a world leader in the sphere of animation,’ adds Gertz. “I look forward to working closely with Warren and the entire group as we continue to build a company that is dynamically poised to participate in all aspects of animated features and content creation, in addition to continuing the company’s leadership in the direct-to-DVD and television markets.”

Gertz’s numerous executive and creative jobs include stints at Lucasfilm, Hanna-Barbera, Turner Feature Animation, Global Digital Creations and the Vancouver Film School. He served as exec producer on 20th Century Fox’s animated feature Titan, A.E., and produced Warner Bros.’ Cat’s Don’t Dance and Fox’s The Pagemaster.

As previously announced, Brian Moylan will serve as managing director of Rainmaker Visual Effects and Barry Chambers will maintain his duties as president of Rainmaker Post.

Rainmaker is based in Vancouver, Canada and also maintains an office in Los Angeles, Calif. The company’s animation unit is currently at work on Zixx, a cartoon series developed by Alex Raff’ of Savi Media and Debbie Nightingale of The Nightingale Co., in association with YTV. Also on plate is an animated sequel to the Jerry Lewis comedy The Nutty Professor and several projects for Mattel. Rainmaker Visual Effects in Vancouver is working on a number of films, including the Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory and various episodes of HBO’s Rome. Rainmaker Post continues work on Showtime’s The L Word, The CW’s Smallville and SCI-FI Channel’s Stargate Atlantis. For more information, go to www.rainmaker.com.