Bardel Bios


About Bardel

For 30 years, Bardel has been the leading animation service provider in North America due to its stellar reputation built on three core values: quality, creativity and innovation. Led by its founders Barry Ward, President and Delna Bhesania, CEO, Bardel is recognized as one of the most trusted names in the industry.

Bardel has over 500 employees in two state-of-the-art studios, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna, Canada. Currently, Bardel is the only full-service animation studio concurrently providing animation services for a diverse slate of U.S. blue-chip partners: Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Saban and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim. Bardel has 6 projects in production including 4 TV series, a Netflix original series and the feature film The Heroes of the Golden Mask. Recent work includes award-winning series such as Angry Birds Blues, King Julien, Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, Rick and Morty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Harmon Quest and Teen Titans Go! In 2015, Bardel won an Emmy Award for King Julien for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, and in 2016, Bardel won an Emmy Award for Dinotrux for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Juried Award). In 2018, Rick and Morty received the Critics's Choice award for animation.

In 2015, Bardel was acquired by Rainbow Group, one of the largest animation studios and licensors in the world, employing over 1000 people. Headquartered in Italy, with subsidiaries in Moscow, Hong Kong and Singapore. For all inquiries, please visit

Bardel's History

Bardel opened its doors in 1987. From its inception, Bardel gained a reputation for high-quality animation production. This was the gateway to developing relationships with some of the world’s largest studios such as DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Rovio and Mattel.

In the early 90s, the Company broke into feature films by working on titles such as Space Jam for Warner Bros, Anastasia for Fox, and Prince of Egypt for DreamWorks Animation. Bardel’s relationship with DreamWorks continued to grow with work on the film Joseph, King of Dreams. In the late 90s, Bardel completed work on DreamWorks last 2D hand drawn feature entitled Sinbad.

In 2001, Bardel started training its 2D feature artists with 3D techniques to combine the “hand-drawn” quality with state-of-the-art technology. Bardel continued to work on 3D feature films completing work for the feature Hoodwinked and Happy Never After. Bardel’s work on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set a new standard for TV series 3D animation production. The company climbed to new heights with the feature film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which was released at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

In 2014, DreamWorks approached Bardel with an extraordinary deal to animate four hit direct-release Netflix series' Dinotrux, King Julien, Puss in Boots and Veggie Tales.

In 2015, Bardel was a Winner of Daytime Emmy Award for King Julien for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program and in 2016 Bardel won an Emmy Award or Dinotrux for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Winner – Juried Award).

In 2015, Bardel entered into a new phase of its thirty-year history and was acquired by Rainbow Group, one of the largest animation studios and licensors in the world. Bardel & Rainbow artists collaborate across continents between their Rome, Loreto, Vancouver and Kelowna studios!

In 2017, global conglomerates Rovio Entertainment & Mattel joined Bardel's roster with hit shows Angry Birds Blues and Monster High.

In 2017, Bardel forged a new relationship with Saban to animate the 2D toon Rainbow, Butterfly, Unicorn, Kitty, which targets kids 6 -11yrs. Rainbow is on-board as a co-producer and will represent the property in Italy, along with a number of additional European territories.

In 2017, Bardel began animation on their parent company, Rainbow's IP, 44 Cats.

Presently, Bardel is in development with the original animated feature film The Heroes of the Golden Mask.

Today, Bardel offers a bigger breadth of production services than ever before, bringing the world's most celebrated animation brands to the screen like Puss and Boots Teen Titans Go and Rick and Morty to name a few! As one of the most sought-after studios to work for, Bardel attracts top animation and technical talent from around the world, and has a capacity for up to 12 productions simultaneously.

Bardel’s Studios

Granville Island, Vancouver: Clean, spacious and inviting, Bardel's West 3rd Avenue studio offers over 30,000 square feet of working space with prime waterfront and city views

Kelowna: The most compact of the Bardel facilities, our 6,500 square foot satellite studio in beautiful Kelowna.


Delna Bhesania - Executive Producer, CEO & Co-founder of Bardel

Delna Bhesania is an Executive Producer on the The Heroes of the Golden Mask and the CEO & Co-founder of Bardel Entertainment Inc. As CEO and Co-founder of Bardel, Delna is the steward of one of the world’s largest and most trusted animation companies around the globe. Delna’s inspiring career in animation began over 30 years ago and tells a story of determination, commitment and vision. Starting from an office in a spare bedroom, Delna and her partner Barry Ward have grown their business from a small team with big talent to a huge team with ground-breaking talent.

Today, as CEO and Co-founder of Bardel, Delna manages the studio’s corporate affairs, production, and business development. She works closely with her executive team and all stages at the studio to strategize, manage and uphold the highest quality standards on which Bardel’s reputation was built and established Bardel as one of the most trusted names in the industry. Delna continues to be a role model to women in Business and Creative sectors. She is a board member and founder of Drawn Together Vancouver, an industry group that advances women in the art, technical & business sectors of the animation industry.

Barry Ward – Executive Producer, President & Co-founder of Bardel

Barry Ward started his career in animation in 1972, and has spent 42 years doing what he loves. During the first 15 years of his career he managed artists in over twenty studios across Canada. In 1987, he met his partner Delna Bhesania and together they opened up Bardel Animation Coloring House offering hand inking and painting animation cells. From there, Barry spearheaded a strategy to hire, train and import talent from around the world.

Today, as President and Co-Founder of Bardel Entertainment, Barry sources and develops new business opportunities and strategic partnerships for the company. He is Bardel's "point person" for securing and retaining key relationships with major U.S. clients such as DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Warner Bros. He also assists with recruiting key talent and sourcing potential offshore production Studios to fulfill the Studio's outsourcing needs. With their integrity, honesty and commitment to excellence, both Barry and Delna have forged long-term working relationships, not only with their international clients and partners, but also with some of Canada's top creative talent, experienced managers and industry experts.

Steve Pegram – Producer, COO of Bardel

Steve Pegram is an Executive Producer on the Heroes of The Golden Mask and Bardel’s Chief Operating Officer. Under the direction of the CEO of Bardel and Senior Management at Rainbow, Steve’s focus is on integrating pipelines, business operations, feature, and TV to support production operations across all studios including Vancouver and Kelowna while bridging operations between Rome and Loreto.

Steve is an award-winning producer with over 25 years of knowledge and leadership experience within the Animation industry. He started his career with Walt Disney Studios and has worked on many award-winning productions with Amblin Entertainment, Aardman Animations, and Dream Works Entertainment. Steve was previously the Head of Studio at Rovio Animation where he oversaw the content creation surrounding the Angry Birds franchise. He comes to us from Kaiken Entertainment where he was one of the co-founders and is head of studio.

Richard Grieve – SVP of Finance and Business Affairs

Richard is the SVP of Finance and Business Affairs for Bardel Entertainment, and began his career in public accounting working for Ernst & Young LLP, Entertainment & Media Division, providing clients with assurance, tax and business advisory services. Prior to joining Bardel, Richard held a senior finance and operations role in a digital media company.

Richard leads Bardel’s corporate finance and business affairs departments. In addition to managing the overall operations of the business, he is also responsible for aligning the resources of the company with its long-term strategic direction.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) from the University of Victoria.

Tina Chow - VP of Development & Production

With more than 15 years of industry experience Tina brings a depth of knowledge in pre-production, production and post for animation. She has held key roles in the animation business, overseeing all aspects of production from early development through to final delivery having worked on and produced well over 300 episodes of content. Some of her Producer credits include eleven of Mattel’s Monster High Movies, Gemini Award Winning and Emmy nominated series Hot Wheels: Battle Force Five and Nick Jr’s Blaze and The Monster Machines.

In her role as VP of Development & Production, Tina plays a key role in overseeing the production process through its life cycle from development to final delivery while defining procedures and maximizing production workflow. Tina will analyze the creative and commercial potential of new properties and lead a look development team on how to execute the best possible creative while ensuring production viability. She collaborates with clients in developing properties and looks at long term strategies for greenlighting projects and co-development opportunities. Tina is also a board member of Drawn Together Vancouver.

Jim Kammerud – Director & Co-Screenwriter

Jim Kammerud has worked in animation for 30 years as a director, screenwriter, story artist and head of an animation studio. He has extensive experience in both 2D and CG animated features.

In his 20s, Jim and his friends formed Character Builders, an animation studio in Columbus, Ohio with a reputation for high quality animation. Jim’s contributions there include directing Disney’s Little Mermaid II; co-directing & writing Disney’s award-winning 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure; writing & co-producing Disney’s Tarzan II; producing the animated short film The Indescribable Nth, and acting as a storyboard artist, animator and character designer on many other movies and TV series. Jim also directed Disney’s Fox and the Hound 2.

His CG feature work includes being head of story on Blue Sky Studios’ The Peanuts Movie. His recent story credits include Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Continental Drift and Epic; Sony’s The Emoji Movie, Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets and Warner Bros.’s The Lego Ninjago Movie. Jim’s other animation credits include Escape from Planet Earth, Space Jam, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Rio 2, A Goofy Movie, Bebe’s Kids and The Swan Princess. Jim’s strengths as a director are complemented by his varied experience in story and screenwriting, and supported by his love for drawing.

Carolyn Bates - Producer

Carolyn Bates is the producer of the Golden Mask. She has produced and overseen a variety of animated projects.

Carolyn began her career as a background painter and was a production artist on Walt Disney Company’s Tron and Doug Trumbull’s Brainstorm. She produced the SIGGRAPH short, The Snowman, animation for Sega’s Cadillacs and Dinosaurs and Animation Celebration - Universal Studios’ theme park in Osaka, Japan, as well as numerous award-winning commercials.

Carolyn produced three of Disney’s direct to videos: 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, Tarzan II, & Brother Bear 2. She was development producer for Paul McCartney’s High in the Clouds movie, was an executive in charge of production for Defy Media’s Shut Up! Cartoons Channel and has been a production consultant for Activision’s Skylanders Academy.

Liz Scully - Line Producer

Liz Scully is a Line Producer on the The Heroes of the Golden Mask, and is an award-winning Producer, Director and Story Editor whose breadth of experience in film and television spans over two decades..

Liz was Executive Producer and creator of the CG animated Zeke’s Pad for YTV. She teamed up with Bardel and Flying Bark Productions to produce 26 half-hour episodes of this zany comedy series. Subsequently, she was the Executive Story Editor and Creative Producer on Lah Lah's Adventures, a live action and animation music show for preschool – and a Canada/Australia co-production with Bardel Entertainment/Stella Projects. Additional projects Liz created and directed include The Runner, a live action web series and the National Film Board animation & live action hybrid Good Things Too. Her innovative films have incorporated classical 2D animation, live-action drama and a variety of 3D animation styles.

In 2013, Liz joined Bardel as a Line Producer and successfully produced Mack & Moxy, a children’s show that aims to raise the next generation of humanitarians, and the Emmy-winning DreamWorks TV series All Hail King Julian. Liz’s understanding of producing paired with her background as a creator and writer gives her a creative advantage when handling large brand clients. Her ability to build strong and meaningful relationships is evident in her longstanding reputation in the industry.

Brian Smith - Co-Screenwriter

Brian Smith is an Annie- nominated screenwriter. Born in Cincinnati, he studied fine art at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program and Cinema at The Ohio State University film school. He joined animation studio Character Builders emerging as a leading story artist.

Brian earned credits as a story artist on classic TV shows Ren & Stimpy and Emmy winning HBO series Happily Ever After. Subsequently, Brian supervised the story team for Disney’s feature The Little Mermaid II. He co-wrote and directed the critical hit 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, a Disney feature earning him a Best Screenplay Annie Award nomination. He co-wrote & directed Tarzan II, a Disney project that garnered Annie & VP award nominations.

Brian has been a story consultant on features for 20th Century Fox and Sprite Animation (Final Fantasy). He’s co-written a screenplay produced by David Lovegren (Hoodwinked), and developed a feature concept for David Stainton (former Head of Disney Feature Animation.) Brian was lead story artist as well as a script consultant on the feature Wish produced by Prana Studios (Tinkerbell, Planes franchises) and directed by Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked). His early feature credits include Paramount’s Bebe's Kids, New Line’s Swan Princess, and Warner Bros.’ The Quest for Camelot.

Andy Poon - Visual Development Designer

Andy Poon is a Visual Development Designer and a Vancouver based art director, concept artist and visual development consultant with 15 years’ experience.

His first studio job was working on the feature film I-Robot as the lead costume illustrator. Since then, he’s worked on toy brands such as Monster High, Max Steel and Hot Wheels. At Bardel for two years, he was a designer on the DreamWorks show Veggie Tales, and then as an art director on Mattel’s Monster High. Andy works closely with Bardel’s VP of Development & Production, Tina Chow, to help clients explore and realize their visuals. He is known for his clear vision and impeccable problem-solving skills.

On the side, Andy also does costume illustrations for TV shows Supergirl, Smallville, Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Original IPs Andy developed include Storm Hawks, Slugterra, Blaze and the Monster Machines. Andy studied at Vancouver Film School for 3D animation and last year he art directed and co-directed his first animated short film!

Chad Weatherford - Visual Development Designer

Chad Weatherford is a Visual Development Designer on the The Heroes of the Golden Mask and Design Supervisor at Bardel. He has spent the past several years working for companies such as Science Visualization, Atlantic Records, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Wondaland Arts Society (where he notably designed the crown and costume for Grammy nominated artist Janelle Monáe’s debut album). Since completing his Master’s thesis through the Academy of Art (2011), he has worked as a concept designer at Oktobor Animation and Weta Workshop in New Zealand. He produced illustrations for Disruptor Beam on Game of Thrones – Ascent.

Chad joined Bardel in 2015, and a year later won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Character Design for the DreamWorks series Dinotrux. Chad encourages the flow of high-quality ideas, while guiding designers through all technical and aesthetic concerns. He has an uncanny ability to channel creative moments towards practical designs, while enhancing the story. Chad has a Master of Fine Arts through Academy of Art in San Francisco and he currently teaches online masters classes at the AAU Visual Development School.