Sean Cleaver replaces Matt Jarvis at Develop,Hutch strengthens its studios and Special Gun Productions launches.
Develop hires new deputy editor
Following the departure of deputy editor Matt Jarvis in September, Develop has hired Sean Cleaver to replace him.
Cleaver has been a freelance games writer and editor for the past five years, working for the likes of GameSpot, VICE, Pocket Gamer, The Game Jar, PC Gamer and more.
He stated: Develop is a great place to be at a time when the games industry in the UK is growing and filled with creative people. It’s an exciting move to look at the industry, away from reviews and critiquing I’ve previously done, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Editor James Batchelor added: Sean has already proven himself to be a hard working and accomplished journalist in the games industry. He will be an excellent addition to the team.”
New commercial director and product owner at Hutch
The MMX Racing dev is growing its London and Brighton teams.
Peter Hansen-Chambers (pictured, far left) has joined as commercial director. He previously was managing director at PHC Consulting and spent over six years at Codemasters.
He is joined by Ian Griffiths (pictured, left), who has been hired as product owner. The 12-year industry veteran has worked for the likes of Lionhead and EA.
Chambers said: As a motorsport enthusiast, I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. Having worked on a number of big franchises over the years, I am confident that with the people and culture we have at Hutch, combined with an exciting strategy and some very strong partners, Hutch is the place to be making games.`’
Griffiths stated: It’s rare to find such a passionate group of people. I’m really looking forward to getting Top Drives out of the door.”
SpecialGun Productions created
Former VideoGamer staff Jim Trinca (pictured, far left) and Steve Burns (pictured, left) have left to create their own firm with film and TV cameraman David Mills.
Special Gun Productions will focus on marketing campaigns, production services, event coverage and consultancy in the creative industries.
Trinca had been working at VideoGamer for two years as a video producer. Burns started his career in games journalism at Imagine Publishing before becoming reviews and features editor at VideoGamer in 2013.
He commented: We formed SpecialGun Productions to work on top-class creative campaigns, drawing on our experience in the film, TV, and video game worlds.”