Yeti Farm forms strategic partnership with Surprise Bag

The agreement will see the companies collaborate on original IP from their development slates, as well as jointly acquiring and producing new IP.
Yeti Farms and Surprise Bag execs

Kelowna, B.C. animation company Yeti Farm Creative has formed a strategic partnership with L.A.- and Vancouver-based Surprise Bag.

The agreement will see the companies collaborate on original IP from their development slates, which include Yeti’s Sweet TweetsKick Flip!Schnarg and Surpise’s short-form CGI series Me, Myself and My Selfie (coproduced 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-chairmen 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.