01.26.2017

Feature film and animation industry veteran, Jeff Farnath appointed Chief Financial Officer to accelerate international reach

LONDON (26 January 2017) – Silvergate Media (“Silvergate”), the international TV production and licensing company focused on pre-school children’s entertainment based in London and New York, has appointed feature film and animation industry veteran, Jeff Farnath, as CFO of Silvergate Media.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience with both large multinational media companies and small entrepreneurial start-ups. Most recently, Jeff was CFO for VC backed Thrillist Media Group, the leading digital lifestyle brand for male millennials.

Jeff has previously held CFO positions at Walt Disney Studios Latin America, Laika Entertainment (formerly Vinton Studios) and Classic Media.

Waheed Alli, CEO at Silvergate Media said:

“I am delighted that someone of Jeff’s calibre is joining us. His eminent experience in film and television production, international distribution, licensing, digital publishing and e-commerce will be invaluable.

“Jeff will play a key role as we invest in and widen the international reach of our creative content, build our production capabilities and look to widen our international reach.”
Jeff was Chief Financial Officer for Walt Disney Studios – Latin America for five years where he established direct distribution and local content production operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. Jeff also held the position of CFO for Disney Feature Animation and Theatrical Productions in Burbank, California, spanning a total of 10 years at Disney.

After Disney, Jeff was CFO and then CEO of Laika Entertainment (formerly Vinton Studios), which produced the Oscar-nominated animated films “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” and “Coraline”. Jeff sold Vinton Studios in 2002 and remained at the studio as CEO until 2005.

Jeff was CFO for private equity backed Classic Media, owner of the largest independent library of children’s entertainment brands, including “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Lassie”, “The Lone Ranger” and many other iconic properties. Jeff sold Classic Media to DreamWorks Animation for $155 million in 2012.

In April 2016 Shamrock acquired a majority stake in Silvergate to support its growth, in particular to expand Silvergate’s intellectual property, library rights and digital capabilities as well as its presence in China.

Silvergate Media

Silvergate Media is a creative content and licensing company driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Silvergate was formed in 2011 by Waheed Alli and William Astor, with offices in New York and London. In April 2016 Silvergate partnered with Shamrock Capital, an LA based private equity firm, who now hold a stake in the Company.

Silvergate develops and produces world-class content built to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through innovative storytelling, great products and strong partnerships.

Silvergate has a number of assets based on characters and brands developed for pre-school children and their development slate continues to grow. Among their portfolio of projects in production are Peter Rabbit (currently in its second season), Octonauts (currently in its fourth season), a new preschool series, Sunny Day (first season to be aired this year) and a new children’s series, Hilda (available exclusively on Netflix worldwide from the beginning of 2018).

Silvergate are currently in pre-production on other brand new programmes for partners including Disney and their development slate continues to grow.