Monday, 21 November 2011

OnLive VP of Games and Media John Spinale is Leaving for Disney

Disney has hired away OnLive VP of Games and Media John Spinale as the new head of the Disney Interactive Media Group’s social games business.

Spinale will run the social game business, including Disney’s Playdom division, and report to John Pleasants, co-president of Disney’s game business. Spinale will be based in Disney’s Palo Alto, Calif. office.

Spinale will assume strategic and day-to-day management responsibilities at Playdom that were previously handled by Pleasants, who was chief executive of Playdom before Disney acquired it for $763.2 million in July of last year.

Previously, Spinale was vice president of games and media at OnLive and was responsible for acquiring new content for OnLive’s cloud-based game-streaming business. He helped bring dozens of games and publishers to the OnLive platform. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of product development at Eidos and also served as a director and executive producer at Activision during the '90s, working on titles including MechWarrior 2 and Pitfall 3D. His career also includes the founding and management of successful wireless messaging and transaction network Bitmo before its 2001 acquisition.

Pleasants said, “Playdom has an exciting roadmap for 2012 and beyond, and John will play an important role in bringing the magic of Disney to the world’s most popular social media platforms. Social games are a key part of Disney’s digital strategy, and will be a critical driver of DIMG’s future success.”

SOURCES: VentureBeat, Gamasutra.

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