CEO & Executive Producer, Los Angeles
Jason Netter started Kickstart Productions in 1999. Jason has produced nearly ten feature films and over 250 episodes of television. In addition, he has overseen numerous visual effects projects including the Emmy-award winning Babylon 5 and the Emmy-award winning Dune mini-series. Before Kickstart, Jason served as VP of Development for Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc. During his eight-year tenure, Jason was responsible for the day-to-day management of the digital production department, which included acquisitions, development, production and international co-production of television and video programming.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Samantha Olsson Shear
Head of Development, Los Angeles
Samantha Olsson Shear started at Kickstart in 2005. She’s currently the head of development for feature film and television at Kickstart Productions. In addition, she is the managing editor of the Kickstart Publishing division. Prior to joining Kickstart, Samantha was an Executive at Clifford Werber Productions. Previous to that she worked as an executive at Zucker-Netter Productions, as well as in development at Red Hour Films.
Samantha holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the prestigious Peter Stark Producer’s Program at the University of Southern California.
Executive Producer, Los Angeles
Loris joined forces with Kickstart in 2004 to help develop and produce kids’ content. Prior to partnering up with Kickstart, Loris was SVP, Creative Affairs at Sony Wonder where she headed up acquisitions, development, production and international co-productions of children’s television and video programming for the global marketplace. She has served as Executive Producer on numerous projects including Swindle, Miracle’s Boys, animated series Johnny Test, SheZow and Rainbow Fish as well as animated feature Lion of Oz.
Head of Animation, Vancouver
Heather has been a part of Kickstart since 2005. She setup the Canadian expansion in Vancouver in 2007 and has overseen the numerous projects that have run through it's doors since its inception. She started her production career in 2001 in Vancouver, and spent years cutting her teeth in Kickstart’s Los Angeles office before heading north to build the Canadian studio. Most recently, Heather produced two live-action films for Hallmark Channel and CTV through her Canadian company, Eh-Okay Entertainment. She just completed two films: Pete’s Christmas and The Hunters.
Development Director, Vancouver
Jay is the Development Director at Kickstart's Vancouver studio, overlooking the development of animated content. He has developed projects with clients such as Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, Disney and Spinmaster over the years as well as continuing as a hands-on director for series and commercial content for over 200 episodes. Most recently Jay has directed on Season 1 of YTV’s Shezow and Season 2 of Hasbro’s RESCUEBOTS.
Jay started as an animator and storyboard artist on Cartoon Networks’ Ed,Edd and Eddy. He moved on to open Pork and Beans Productions Inc. in 1999, and quickly established the company as a leader in Flash, and as a viable production means for television and online media. Providing animation services for one of Canada’s first Flash productions “Yakkity Yak” and numerous cartridge-based games for Leapfrog Entertainment, P&B helped create a fresh upsurge of animation in BC using the Flash animation pipeline. Looking to focus more on the creative side of production again, Jay Surridge joined the Kickstart team in 2007, helping in the setup of their Canadian expansion in Vancouver.
Production Coordinator, Vancouver
Alison joined the Kickstart family in 2010, jumping into a production position at the company’s Vancouver office. Currently she uses her organizational talents to coordinate all aspects of Kickstart’s animated projects, as well as help out in any other capacity where she can put her skills to use. She can and will attempt to color-code almost anything.
Alison holds a B.A. from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Screenwriting from Vancouver Film School.
Raised in the frigid north of British Columbia and the Yukon, Gordon Crum spent most of his youth watching cartoons, eating macaroni and cheese, and drawing. After wasting most of his grade school career doodling, Gordon was relieved to discover Capilano University's Commercial Animation Program. Two years of intense training left Gordon with nary a social life...and a diploma. Fortunately, Gordon has gone on to work as a Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, and most recently Director. His credits include, Atomic Cartoons, Radical Games, and Nick Jr., among others. For the last four years he has found a home working in-house at Kickstart Entertainment.
With his free time Gordon enjoys riding bikes, playing sports, dancing to music in his bedroom, and eating.
Art Director, Vancouver
Born in Vancouver, Sol learned to draw and paint from cartoons, comics, and a thriving addiction to classic illustration, sequential art, and anime. He attended the IDEA program for design and illustration in North Vancouver and now provides art direction for color, texture, lighting, color scripting and the occasional graphic design task. While away from the office Sol enjoys oil painting, swimming, ball hockey and even moonlights as a dance music DJ with his group Can I Live. Previously utilized often on a freelance basis, Sol has been part of the Kickstart team full-time since Fall 2012.