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.
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.
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.
President & Partner
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.
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.
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 & Pipeline Technologist
Studio Pipeline TD
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.
Partner & Board Chair
Partner & Advisory Board