Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ashley is the studios fearless founder, working in the areas of culture and strategic direction. Ashley is a recipient of the PROFIT W100 top 10 Rising Women Entrepreneurs, she sits on the Canadian Media Producers Association British Columbia Branch Council board, she was an Okanagan "Women to Watch" and a Top 40 under 40 (Kelowna). Ashley is currently also a Mentor for the EM3 Sessions with the Women’s Enterprise Center (Canada-wide, 1:1 and Technology Group) and enjoys being a Columnist in the Animation Sector for Accelerate Okanagan.
Prior to launching Surprise Bag Inc., Frank Saperstein formerly served as Executive Vice President for Tricon Films and Television. While there, he Executive Produced the BAFTA nominated series Counterfeit Cat for Disney XD and Corus. Previously,he was Senior Vice President of Family Television for Entertainment One. Frank serves as an Executive Producer with Yeti Farm and works closely with Ashley in the areas of Business Development, Acquisitions and Distribution.
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Todd is the driving force behind the look and feel of the Yeti brand and inspires the creative team to hit the quality benchmark the studio is so well known for. Todd oversees talent acquisitions, creative benchmarks across the board, artist growth and development and all Supervisors and Studio Directors. For over 20 years, Todd has worked as a creative directorial force on multiple high profile titles and was instrumental in the creation of the digital 2D animation pipeline in BC's burgeoning animation industry. Todd has taught at various animation schools, and continues to spend extra hours working with various animation faculties to develop curriculum and the talent pipeline province wide.
Partner & Chief Studio Operations
Prior to becoming a Partner of Yeti Farm, Jay served as Head of Animation Development at Ehokay Entertainment and as Director on hit titles such as Hasbro’s Rescue Bots, PBS’ Ready Jet Got and SheZow. Focusing on an international pipeline for all these productions with countries such as India, China and Malaysia. Jay was also a keystone in developing the Flash animation industry in BC during the late 90s, with his company Pork and Beans Productions setting up flash pipeline processes that set the basis of what’s still being used today. With a background in business and years of experience as a creative in the industry, Jay heads up Studio Operations, Production Pipeline Development, and Creative Development ensuring everything runs smoothly and productions are hitting the onscreen quality that meets Yeti’s standards as well as jumping in to oversee and Direct on projects when needed.
Head of Production
Previously Head of Production and Supervising Producer at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, Kramer has worked closely building relationships with many partners such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Disney EMEA, Teletoon, Nelvana, and Corus through various service and co-productions. Kramer has a wide breadth of experience establishing robust pipelines (domestic and overseas), teams, and above all, internationally recognized content like Counterfeit Cat and Rocket Monkeys. Having worked in Harmony, Flash, Maya, Hybrid and Motion Comic pipelines, Kramer is keen on exploring new and emerging technologies, production processes and innovative methods to bring the best possible content to the screen alongside the incredibly talented Yeti family.
Production Accountant & Studio Manager
Aryn is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the company and its productions, including managing the finances, tracking the costs and running day to day operations of the studio.
As CFO, Darren oversee's the financial health of Yeti which includes the reporting, financing and operations of the studio. Darren has acted as CFO for Network Entertainment, Rainmaker Entertainment and Skybound North, all Vancouver based film and entertainment companies. Darren has vast experience in the financing and management of animated productions as well as the tax credit process and advised on numerous sports and wildlife documentaries. In addition to his entertainment industry experience, he also has experience primarily within the financing, structuring and operating of start up and growing companies, and spans across a variety of industries such as software development, bio-tech,and high tech, both in the public and private sectors.
Executive Studio Assistant
Robyn is a Jill-of-all-trades, supporting the management team, culture and team building initiatives at the studio. Having previously held the keys to a human resources switchboard in animation with Bardel Entertainment, Robyn is the main point of contact for anything studio related and is in charge of scheduling the busy executive team.
Prior to joining Yeti Farm, Jeff worked in programming at the Toronto International Film Festival and in film distribution for Warner Bros. Canada and Entertainment One. A champion for the Okanagan’s burgeoning animation industry, Jeff serves on several program advisory committees, including Okanagan College and Centre for Arts and Technology. A few of his past credits include Teletoon’s DNAce, YTV’s Mysticons, Disney XD’s Camp Lakebottom, Teletoon’s Rocket Monkeys, Nickelodeon’s Little Charmers and Netflix’s Beat Bugs.
Studio IT Manager
Colin is responsible for oversight of the entire IT operations at the studio including Pipeline and Desktop admin. After serving in the UK military and gaining a BSc desgree in Business Information Technology, Colin moved to Canada and spent the last decade with Disney Interactive Studios.
Studio & Pipeline Technologist
Post Production Supervisor & Editorial Dept. Manager
Mark gained his post production expertise working for Bardel, Studio B, DHX, and Slap Happy Cartoons. Over the time of 18 years he has worked on over 300 episodes for Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Hasbro, PBS, Teletoon, and YTV. Mark is really passionate about animation and enjoys collaborating with directors and artists to create great entertainment for all ages.
Sculpting the narrative in the initial animation process, Mace provides the creative team with the groundwork for further development. A creative professional with an appetite to learn, Mace has more than 13 years of production experience expanding from sound design all the way to character design. Before joining Yeti Farm Creative, he worked for Cartoon Network, developing designs, prepping animatics, and supervising sound
Partner & Board Chair
Partner & Advisory Board