Father of the PlayStation to attend Digital Spark 2011 at Abertay University

The University of Abertay Dundee has announced that digital entertainment industry legend Chris Deering is to join the line-up of speakers at Digital Spark 2011.

Mr Deering, widely acclaimed as‘Father of the Sony PlayStation’, is one of the most influential figures in the international digital entertainment industry of the last 30 years, having held senior positions at not only Sony, but also Atari, Columbia Pictures International Video, and Codemasters.

He will introduce a session on‘Perspectives from the Music Industry’ and also chair an expert panel discussion on‘IP Challenges in Making or Selling Abroad’.

Conference organiser Dr Margaret Hartnett, Head of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at Abertay University, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Chris has managed to find time in his very busy schedule to join us.  It confirms the growing recognition within the digital entertainment industries of the vital importance of protecting intellectual property as a strategic function of senior management.

“As the visionary who launched the Sony PlayStation and sold 80 million consoles and more than 1 billion games, Chris is ideally placed to comment on the challenges of strategic IP management, and his contribution to Digital Spark is not only hugely anticipated– it will be absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in learning from the experiences of a genuine industry leader,” she added.

Digital Spark 2011 at Abertay University will also feature a keynote address by Paul Smernicki, Director of Digital at Universal Music UK.

Other notable speakers include Sean Clark, Head of Aardman Rights; Trevor Callaghan, Senior Product Counsel at Google Europe; and Hogarth Andall, Director of IP and Technology at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Dr Hartnett said:“Chris will be joining an immensely authoritative line-up of speakers, promising an even more successful conference than last year.”

Digital Spark 2011 is being organised by Abertay University and will be hosted in the UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.

For more information, and to register, please visit the Digital Spark website - http://digitalspark.abertay.ac.uk



Chris Deering has led multicultural motion picture video and computer game publishing for nearly 3 decades, initially as Vice President– International for Atari game consoles and computers, and subsequently as Executive Vice President and COO for Columbia Pictures International Video, and then as head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and latterly Sony Europe from 1995 to 2005.  At Sony he led the team that has sold over 80 million consoles and facilitated the sale of over 1 billion games.

From 2006 to 2010, Chris served as Chairman of the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival.  He was a board director at Malmo-based Wayfinder Systems, a GPS navigation software firm, before it was acquired by Vodafone in 2009.  Chris was also a board member of Malmo-based Sony Ericsson in 2004 - 2005.

Chris currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Codemasters, the world’s leading independent video game developer, and as Chairman of Stockholm-based Music Myne, and is also a board member at PlaySpan of Santa Clara, California.

For media enquiries, please contact Kevin Coe, Director of Communications– T: 01382 308452 M: 07850 904110 E: k.coe@abertay.ac.uk 

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