RAINMAKER ENTERTAINMENTâ€™S TARA KEMES UPPED
TO VP CULTURE & TALENT
Former Director of Talent Development
Spearheads Companyâ€™s Recruitment Efforts at SIGGRAPH
Vancouver, BC (July 30, 2014) Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted Vancouver-based animation studio, has promoted its Director of Talent Development, Tara Kemes, to the newly created position of Vice President Culture and Talent.Â Kemes, who first joined Rainmaker in 2009, will spearhead the companyâ€™s recruiting efforts while also continuing to develop the unique culture that distinguishes Rainmaker from other animation production studios as it continues to expand its creative and technical teams. Kemes reports to Rainmaker Entertainment SVP, Production and Operations, Kim Dent Wilder, who announced Kemesâ€™ promotion today.
â€œThe community of Rainmakerâ€™s artists and technologists comprise a unique, inspiring environment that challenges people to aim higher and think differently about the creative process,â€ explained Dent Wilder.Â â€œTaraâ€™s innate ability to connect with people, her exceptional vision in marrying personalities to projects and her thorough understanding of what is required to execute the studioâ€™s production commitments Â makes her an invaluable member of Rainmakerâ€™s leadership team.Â Tara has demonstrated a true passion for nurturing talent and, as Rainmaker continues to expand, we believe sheâ€™ll be a tremendous asset in both growing our team and preserving the culture that defines our company.â€
First up on Kemes to-do list is leading Rainmakerâ€™s recruitment efforts at the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition, held in VancouverÂ August 10 through 14.Â Staffing up for its recently announced production ofÂ Bob the BuilderÂ television series for HiT Entertainment, Rainmaker will have a strong presence within the eventâ€™s Job Fair which typically attracts thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals and others from art, animation, music and gaming to Â research, science and education.
â€œVancouver offers a wealth of opportunities for creative talent and the SIGGRAPH Job Fair definitely helps us get out in front of thousands of potential team members,â€ added Kemes.Â â€œThe challenge for us is in identifying the people who have the talent, vision and desire to make an impact on this industry and who also share Rainmakerâ€™s desire for a sense of comradery and community among our team members.Â Weâ€™ve hired about 100 people since the beginning of the year and with our current production commitments will likely hire another 80 or more artists and technologists before the end of the year.Â And while that expansion is welcomed, itâ€™s also extremely important to all of us at Rainmaker that we maintain the independent studio spirit that makes Rainmaker such a supportive creative environment.â€
Rainmaker Entertainment currently has two films in production: its 27thÂ Barbie DVD movie for Mattel, and a feature film based on the popular Sony PlayStation gameÂ Ratchet and Clank. The Companyâ€™s television division, Mainframe Entertainment, is in pre-production onÂ Bob the BuilderÂ for HiT Entertainment, while developing a new version of its iconic television seriesReBoot.
Passionate about nurturing talent and encouraging people to follow their dreams, Kemes has served as Rainmakerâ€™s frontline ambassador since joining the company in 2009 as its Manager of Talent Development.Â Promoted to Director of Talent Development in 2010, Kemes expanded Rainmakerâ€™s employee roster for its production of the animated feature filmÂ Escape from Planet EarthÂ through recruitment efforts that included one-on-one relationship building, industry job fairs and visits to school campuses.
Prior to 2009, Kemes worked as recruitment manager in the video game industry for Canadaâ€™s Relic Entertainment and Nexon, among others.Â From 2001 through 2005, she worked with Mainframe Entertainment, the previous incarnation of Rainmaker, first as a facility production assistant and then as a member of the television animation companyâ€™s human resources department.
A graduate of theÂ University of British Columbia with a BA in Asian Studies and Japanese, Kemes moonlights as an instructor at the Vancouver Film School.
About Rainmaker Entertainment
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. is a multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada’s largest producers of CG animation. On February 15, 2013, Rainmaker’s first feature film,Â Escape From Planet EarthÂ (distributed by The Weinstein Company), opened on 3200 screens across North America. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the company produced the first ever CGI animation series,Â ReBoot, and over the course of its 15+ years of innovative history, Rainmaker has continued to break new ground in animation, telling engaging stories and creating compelling characters for all media. In addition to projects Rainmaker has produced with partners and clients including Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Hasbro, Lionsgate and Sony, Rainmaker also develops proprietary projects for both film and television. For more information, visitÂ www.rainmaker.com.
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