Kelowna, B.C. animation company Yeti Farm Creative has formed a strategic partnership with LA- and Vancouver-based Surprise Bag.
The agreement will see the companies collaborate on original IP from their development slates, which include Yeti’s Sweet Tweets, Kick Flip!, Schnarg and Surprise Bag’s short-form CGI series Me, Myself & My Selfie (co-produced with Paris-based studios Savoir-Fer and REAZ). They will also partner to jointly acquire, develop and produce new IP.
According to a company release, with the support of local government and tax incentives, Yeti and Surprise will also expand production services in the B.C. Okanagan Valley region and create up to 200 new jobs.
As part of the partnership, Surprise Bag’s Frank and Jack Saperstein will serve as exec producer and finance manager, respectively. They’ll work alongside Yeti Farm partners Ashley Ramsay, Todd Ramsay and Jay Surridge. In addition, Frank Saperstein will join Blair Peters, a former partner at Vancouver’s Studio B Productions, as Yeti Farm’s co-chairman of the board.
Before launching Surprise Bag last year, Frank Saperstein served as EVP of kids, family and animation at Tricon. Meanwhile, Jack Saperstein is a former business affairs manager at Lark Productions.
Yeti Farm is currently in production with Nelvana on DNAce for Teletoon.
L to R: Jack Saperstein, Frank Saperstein, Jay Surridge, Todd Ramsay and Ashley Ramsay.