Headspinner is an award-winning creative production company spearheaded by industry veterans Michelle Melanson and Ken Cuperus headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are committed to creating and executing great content for the international market. From kids and family to drama and genre, Ken and Michelle are driven by an unparalleled passion for the creative industry.
Michelle Melanson President
Emmy and Bafta Nominated, Michelle has over 25 year’s experience in the production business with hundreds of episodes produced and over 50 awards and nominations. Prior to starting Headspinner, Michelle was President of Radical Sheep Productions, executive producing such shows as the worldwide hit The Next Step, as well as Fangbone!, The Bagel & Becky Show, Tee & Mo, Stella and Sam, The Yup Yups and Ollie The Boy Who Became What He Ate. Michelle has won the Canadian Screen award, the Grand Prize of the Youth Media Alliance, multiple Kidscreen Awards and Cynopsis Awards. She also has a Juno Award for producing the Stella and Sam Album. Michelle is Founder of the Group Women Drawn Together which fosters learning, mentorship and networking for those in the Animation Community. In 2019, Michelle was named to the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) RTA Wall of Fame. And in 2021, she was the recipient of the Youth Media Alliance Outstanding Achievement Award.
Ken Cuperus Chief Creative Officer
Ken Cuperus is Multi Canadian Screen Award winning and Emmy nominated writer/producer/showrunner with over one hundred hours of produced television credits, on such series as Carter, Stargate: Atlantis, The Listener, Frankie Drake, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Mr. Young, Berenstain Bears, and Total Drama Island. Ken is also the co-creator/showrunner of award-winning multi- cam sitcom, The Stanley Dynamic, which enjoyed a run of 52 half-hour episodes. Ken developed and was the Showrunner on City TV’s hit drama procedural HUDSON & REX Season One and continues to write on the series. He currently is the Creator, Writer and Director of the hit Audible Podcast Series, Mistletoe Murders starring Colbie Smulders. Along with his CSA wins for Best Writing Preschool, Best Writing, Animation Award and Emmy nomination, Ken has also been nominated for other Canadian Screen Awards, Writers Guild of Canada awards, and two Canadian Comedy awards. Ken was co-writer on a Leo Award winning episode of Mr. Young.