BURBANK, Calif., (November 13, 2007) – Disney Interactive Studios today announced the addition of Jean-Marcel Nicolai to its executive team as senior vice president, global production. He will oversee Disney's worldwide video game production including the company's five internal development studios, externally developed projects and future studio expansion. Nicolai will be based at headquarters in Glendale, Calif. reporting to Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager.
Nicolai comes to Disney Interactive Studios after seven years with Atari, the U.S. division of Infogrames Entertainment, where he was responsible for leading and managing five internal studios, external product development, production support and technology development in the dual role of senior vice president, product development and chief technology officer. Under his executive purview, Atari delivered titles such as Test Drive Unlimited, Never Winter Nights, Dragon Ball Z
®, and The Matrix: Path of Neo
"Jean-Marcel joins us at an exciting time as we continue to showcase our commitment to quality and we build our already robust portfolio of global development teams and internal studios," said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. "Jean-Marcel's deep experience in the video game and technology sectors makes him a strong leader and an ideal addition to our executive team."
Prior to Atari, Nicolai held management posts at other global companies including Hewlett-Packard, technology consulting firm Aquarel and Tokyo Electronic Company, a Japan-based data services company. About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California and has five internal game development studios around the world including Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio, Propaganda Games, Black Rock Studio and Junction Point Studios.
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