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Masciopinto to lead ISM's European business

Interactive Studio Management (ISM) has announced that Francois Masciopinto has joined the company as a senior agent, helping to lead the firm's presence in the European market.

ISM describes itself as the leading business management company for independent game studios, and the addition of Masciopinto - who will maintain an office out of New York City - will certainly bolster that reputation.

Fluent in several languages, he was formerly the director of A+R and business development at Atari Inc, and forged relationships for the publisher with a range of developers around the world - prior to which he was in charge of the multimedia division of France's CANAL+ broadcast firm.

"Francois' global experience and deep understanding of the video game industry makes him uniquely qualified to help lead ISM's clients to financial and creative success," according to ISM senior partner and co-founder Clyde Grossman.

"As one of the top interactive entertainment executives, he has earned the respect of industry developers and publishers around the world."

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