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Activision Blizzard appoints new TV and film boss

Stacey Sher named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios

Two-time Academy Award-nominated producer Stacey Sher has been named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, an operation that plans to make the most of intellectual properties like Call Of Duty and Diablo.

"As its large and loyal fanbase can attest, Activision Blizzard has created franchises that mean so much to audiences over the course of 35 years. I'm excited about our mandate to create filmed entertainment based on Activision Blizzard games that is as great as the games themselves," she said.

"I look forward to joining Nick, Bobby, and the insanely talented and forward-thinking team at Activision Blizzard to develop an even greater voice for these franchises by bringing them into the world of television and film."

Sher's film credits as a producer are certainly impressive, ranging from cult hits like Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained to Contagion and Erin Brockovich. She also starred in Vanilla Sky in 2001.

"Stacey is a rare talent behind two decades of award-winning television series and films. Her ability to collaborate with the most inspired, talented people in entertainment and her unyielding commitment to creativity make her perfectly suited to Activision Blizzard Studios," added CEO Bobby Kotick.

"As custodians of some of the world's most successful entertainment franchises, we are thoughtfully and creatively expanding our franchises through television and films in a way that will honor the commitment our audiences make to our games."

Her co-president will be former Disney executive Nick van Dyk.

"Stacey's immense talent is a great fit for Activision Blizzard Studios, and together we'll bring Activision Blizzard's hugely popular intellectual property to both existing fans and new audiences," said van Dyk.

With its new TV and film business Activision Blizzard is following in the footsteps of Ubisoft, which founded Ubisoft Motion Pictures in 2011 and is now hard at work on an Assassin's Creed film starring Michael Fassbender.

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CORRECTION: APPOINTING A NEW LEADER


Thanks for appointing a successful human who happens to be female as a LEADER (we should get away from using the term boss Ms. Weber).

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dr. Efthemia Papadopoulos on 13th January 2016 5:49pm

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Rachel Weber Senior Editor, GamesIndustry.bizA year ago
@Dr. Efthemia Papadopoulos

Genuinely interested to know your objection to the word boss?
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing A year ago
Because the ultra sensitive think the word "bossy" is used to demean women.

Instead of an appropriate descriptive term for the person in charge.

It's just making the game business worse with everyone trying to have their own cinematic universe. It worked for Marvel because they had a universe, and someone with vision to guide it. DC is going to crash and burn it the same way most of them, including probably Activision will, in the battle of "me too", A call of Duty movie is just a war movie. A Diablo movie is just a monster flick. A Starcraft movie might be OK, but judging from the Warcraft trailer, even in the hands of the very talented Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son), I'm not having a lot of hope.

I would be very careful how much money input into these movies if I were they.
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager A year ago
My god, how did anyone find something wrong with even this piece of news? The mind boggles. Ill probably be called sexist and insensitive for this post. Soon a president wont be called a president because...reasons.
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