PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday 6th h September
Women in Games Jobs is delighted to announce the inaugural European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards to be launched at the European Women in Games Conference taking place on September 22 nd at the NH Harrington Hall Hotel, Gloucester Road, London. These awards sponsored by Electronic Arts, honour the contribution of women to the European games industry.
Alison Cressey, Entertainment Industry Consultant and WIGJ Advisory Board member said:
“The Hall of Fame seeks to highlight the significant contribution of women to the games industry as well as promote role models to those women considering working in games. Voted on by over 2500 peers in the Women in Games Jobs network, we hope this will become an annual event.”
Ginger Graham, Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Electronic Arts commented:
“EA is proud to sponsor the WIGJ Hall of Fame award for 2011. We know that without the strength of the women in our industry, we would lack the necessary diversity of thought to be as innovative, creative and inspired as we have become. EA applauds the nominees and those who will be a part of the future of gaming.”
Nominees shortlisted for the inaugural Hall of Fame award in 2011 are:
- Dr. Linda Breitlauch, Professor of Games Design, Media Design University of Applies Sciences
- Frederique Doumic, CEO at OUAT Entertainment
- Louise Murray, Head of Fable Franchise at Lionhead Studios
- Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director at Media Molecule
- Fiona Sperry, Studio Director and VP, Criterion Games
Notes to Editors
The half day Women in Games Conference on 22 nd September is the first conference to be organised by the Women in Games Jobs group.
Profiles of shortlisted nominees
Linda Breitlauch was appointed Europe’s first female professor of game design at the Media Design University of Applied Sciences, Germany in 2007. There she teaches and researches with special focus on the areas of storytelling, serious games, and dramatic composition. In addition to working as a project manager in the export and publishing sectors she has been the creative producer of several film projects, has written film scripts and game concepts as well as scientific and specialist articles.
Frederique Doumic is CEO of OUAT Entertainment which was she co-founded in 1999 in Angouleme, France. OUAT Entertainment creates, designs and publishes video games for women and kids, in clear ‘casual games’. Since 2008, her company has produced its own casual games: Miss Teri Tales series (3 titles); pure hidden and Eden’s quest.
Louise Murray is the Head of the Fable Franchise at Microsoft Games Studio Lionhead where she has been leading the development on Fable 3. Louise picked up the Action Adventure category BAFTA award for Fable 2 in 2009 on behalf of the development team. She joined Lionhead in 2005 and became Head of Studio. Previously she worked at Criterion.
Siobhan Reddy is Executive Producer at Media Molecule, the indie game developers responsible for the hugely successful and innovative LittleBigPlanet. Siobhan joined Criterion games in 1999, where as Producer of Air blade, Burnout 3 and Burnout 4 she consistently shipped titles on time and to the highest of quality.
Fiona Sperry joined Criterion Software in 1997. In 2004, the company was fully acquired by Electronic Arts and Fiona took the role of General Manager of Electronic Arts Europe, and oversaw the development of games such as "Burnout Revenge", "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and "Black." In 2007 Fiona returned to the helm of Criterion Games, directing the development of "Burnout Paradise." Her latest game is the BAFTA award winning "Need For Speed Hot Pursuit".
About Women in Games Jobs
Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) is a “not for profit” company that works to recruit more women into the games industry by promoting role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games. It also campaigns to make the games industry a more attractive field for women, both for new entrants and to retain women already working in the industry.
Founded by David Smith, MD of international recruiter Interactive Selection in August 2009, WIGJ has over 2500 supporters. WIGJ is advised by high profile industry women including former European Publisher MD’s Jo Goodson and Alison Cressey, and Sony Production Lead Ali Bergstrom – Allen. Additional Advisory Board members include Geraldine Cross of Blitz Games, Louise Murray of Microsoft, Fiona Sperry of EA Criterion and Giselle Stuart of Ubisoft Reflections.
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