Winder Heads North to Rainmaker

Catherine Winder has left her post at Lucasfilm Animation, where she oversaw the successful Star Wars: The Clone Wars feature and series, to become president of Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment.

Winder will take over the title of president from Warren Franklin, who will continue to hold the title of CEO. Hiring Winder “changes our ability to do world-class animation, which is our goal,’ Franklin told Variety.

The hire is part of Rainmaker’s strategy for expanding the scope and quality of its animation projects. The company is in production on its first feature film, Escape From Planet Earth, and is preparing to make a short film titled Luna directed by Jon Mead, formerly of Pixar.

Rainmaker also hired Kim Dent Wilder, who returns to the company as VP of production and operations, and Tara Kemes, who takes the title of manager of talent development.