Slap Happy Cartoons

Studio

SLAP HAPPY'S studio features a state-of-the-art infrastructure and is home to some of Canada's top producers, directors, writers, designers, storyboard artists, animators and editors.

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS was founded by top animation professionals KATHY ANTONSEN, GREG SULLIVAN, JOSH MEPHAM and VITO VISCOMI. After spending many years working on various successful productions, the four principals formed SLAP HAPPY to realize their shared vision and passion for creating original, funny and sometimes twisted cartoons for both kids and adults.

Services

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS offers their expertise and experience to clients all over the world, which include development and production partners Corus Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Knowledge Kids Network, Renegade Animation, 9 Story Media Group, Warner Bros. Animation, and Netflix.

KATHY ANTONSEN

PARTNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Kathy is an award winning producer / creator whose credits include THE HOLLOW for Netflix and NERDS AND MONSTERS for Corus YTV. Some of her producer credits include BEING IAN, YAKKITY YAK, YVON OF THE YUKON and THE LEGEND OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. She has produced numerous shows through development and production and has extensive experience creating budgets, working with coproduction partners, distributors, broadcasters and on CMF funded projects.

JOSH MEPHAM

PARTNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

JOSH is an award-winning designer/director/creator whose credits include the Pulcinella award-winning WHAT ABOUT MIMI?, RICKY SPROCKET – SHOWBIZ BOY, and the Shaw Rocket Prize winning BEING IAN, for which he was awarded the 2006 and Best Director “Leo” and the 2006 Best Director ‘Elan’ Award. Josh has also directed Disney XD’s KID VS KAT and PACKAGES FROM PLANET X as well as two seasons of the series NERDS AND MONSTERS. Josh recently finished directing the Netflix Original animated series THE HOLLOW.

GREG SULLIVAN

PARTNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Greg is an award-winning director/writer/creator located in Vancouver B.C. His directing credits include NED’S NEWT, the Gemini nominated YVON OF THE YUKON, for which Greg received two best director Leo Awards, and PUCCA, for which he was nominated for an award at the Annecy Animation Festival. He also served as a writer and co-director on Disney XD’s KID VS. KAT and directed Hasbro’s POUND PUPPIES. Most recently Greg wrote and directed on two seasons of YTV’s NERDS AND MONSTERS, and just completed directing the Netflix Original animated series THE HOLLOW.

VITO VISCOMI

PARTNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

VITO is a creator/story editor who has written for many animated series including THE HOLLOW, NERDS AND MONSTERS, KID VS KAT, and BEING IAN. He has written for live-action comedies including THE VACANT LOT, JACKASS, THE HOWARD STERN RADIO SHOW, THE TOM GREEN SHOW, and THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, and has three nominations for Best Writing - Canadian Screen Awards.

MARK ROCCHIO

DIRECTOR OF IT/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

With over 20 years experience supervising more than 800 episodes, MARK oversees the various production pipelines, quality control, and studio infrastructure at Slap Happy Cartoons. Mark manages all digital technical requests and issues, and has worked on numerous series, including BEING IAN, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, TOM AND JERRY, PUCCA, MARTHA SPEAKS, KID VS KAT, NERDS AND MONSTERS, TEEN TITANS, UNIKITTY and the Netflix Original, THE HOLLOW.

GEORGE ALLEN

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

GEORGE has over 15 years experience in the Vancouver animation industry, and has worked on a wide variety of both 2D and 3D animated series and feature films. Having been one of the first employees in the foundational years of Slap Happy Cartoons, GEORGE was the Production Manager on two seasons of NERDS & MONSTERS (2013 - 2015). Prior to re-joining the team here at Slap Happy in Spring of 2020, he completed production of Netflix's The WILLOUGHBYS (2020) as LINE PRODUCER.

EDWIN POON

Director

EDWIN is an experienced animation and supervising director who has worked on the award-winning NERDS AND MONSTERS, THE TOM AND JERRY SHOW, MY LITTLE PONY, and PACKAGES FROM PLANET X. He began his animation career as a digital painter on the WB Feature Film LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION, and has lectured and taught animation at CAPILANO UNIVERSITY, VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL, and the VANCOUVER INSTITUTE of MEDIA ARTS.

CURT SPURGING

DIRECTOR

CURT is veteran animator/director with 28 years of animation experience. His past works include features such as PRINCE OF EGYPT, EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS and ANASTASIA. CURT'S TV work includes BOB'S BURGERS,TOM AND JERRY, NERDS AND MONTSTERS, HARVEY BIRDMAN, and most recently APPLE AND ONION.

SHAWN HEARTY

SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER

Hailing from rural BC, Shawn has been in animation production for over a decade working on such shows as JOHNNY TEST, ROCKET MONKEYS, THE TOM AND JERRY SHOW and the highly successful Netflix Original, THE HOLLOW. Shawn takes pride in building a ‘family like’ atmosphere with the crew and always creates a productive, respectful, and fun working environment. He’s the driving force behind our successful softball team, The Slap Happy Pitch Slappers and the Annual Slap Happy Invitational golf tournament.

FIONA HE

CFO

FIONA He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting. FIONA is a member of the associations for CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS and CERTIFIED GENERAL ACCOUNTANT. FIONA brings more than 20 years of experience, which included 7 years of international experience, in private, public and non-profit sectors. She has held progressively senior finance and accounting positions in organizations ranging from small/medium size to Fortune 500 companies including culture and entertainment, tourism, insurance, pharmaceutical, construction and Fintech. In her most recent experience in a travel exhibition company, she held various roles with oversight in Accounting, HR and Business Development functions prior to her last role as a MANAGING DIRECTOR responsible for the whole Canadian operation.

ALLISON ALTMAN

OFFICE MANAGER

As studio Office Manager, ALLISON ensures daily operations run smoothly and arranges special events for the SLAP HAPPY team. A former travel consultant, coordinator, and sales representative, ALLISON spends her free time volunteering for a local woman’s charity and a children’s summer camp. Her incredible baking skills keep the studio staff happy (and pudgy!) and she’s recently perfected a way to make rainbow frosting for cupcakes!

ELISE THIBODEAU

HR GENERALIST

As our HR GENERALIST, ELISE tackles full-cycle employment and emphasizes a culture where people are engaged, empowered, and have the opportunity to thrive in their roles at Slap Happy. Elise has worked professionally in various industries from Supply Chain and Retail, to Renewables & Environment.