LOS ANGELES - August 16, 2010 - ISM, the leading agency representing independent game developers ( http://www.ism-agency.com), announced today that it has strengthened its global representation capabilities and expertise by adding Nicolas di Costanzo to its roster of industry veterans. Nicolas brings to ISM a deep understanding of the Japanese and Asia-Pacific markets from both the publisher and developer perspectives. Nicolas’s experience in managing companies such as EA Japan Online, Vivendi Games Japan and Atari Japan will offer critical insights as ISM seeks to leverage global synergies and offer its clients even more opportunities to reach gamers worldwide.
Representing 10 AAA development studios for a total of more than 700 staffed developers, ISM assists creative individuals and their companies in all phases of the development process. By employing smart, experienced, and on-location agents throughout the global marketplace, ISM expertly pairs its clients with global publishing opportunities that are complimentary in creative vision and expectation for success.
“Nicolas di Costanzo’s knowledge of the Japanese and Asian markets, together with his physical presence in Tokyo and his strong network of industry connections makes him a priceless asset,” said Francois Masciopinto, Senior Partner of ISM.“He will be a focal point for Asia-Pacific developers seeking our expertise to break out into the western world, and will be a conduit for our western clients seeking to penetrate the Japanese market.”
Expanding ISM’s global reach delivers upon ISM’s commitment to offer its clients global representation and market experience that builds upon its foundation of focus, experience and integrity.
“I am thrilled to be part of the ISM team,” said Nicolas di Costanzo.“I strongly believe that much can be done to enhance communications and leverage opportunities worldwide in video game development and publishing. This is an exciting opportunity that has the potential to benefit publishers, developers and consumers.”
Prior to joining ISM, Nicolas di Costanzo's 18 years in the interactive industry included working as GM of EA Japan Online, Managing Director at Vivendi Games Japan and COO of Atari’s local subsidiary. Nicolas worked as representative of EDGE, where he developed and extended his knowledge of the local markets and its prominent players. Nicolas was also responsible for the release of over 100 titles in Japan both in packaged goods and online through publishing and licensing channels. He has a strong background in business development and extensive experience in contract negotiations with local industry operators.
Founded in 1996 with offices in Southern California, Northern California, New York, and Japan, ISM (Interactive Studio Management) is the leading agency in interactive entertainment representing AAA studios such as: Asobo, Darkworks Studio, Digital Extremes, Larian Studios, Nihilistic, n-Space, Reverge Labs, Saber Interactive&Silicon Knights. On behalf of its clients, ISM has closed over 200 publishing deals, 20 with first party publishers.
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