Skydance Media has named Chris Hewish as Executive Vice President of Interactive, effective immediately. Hewish most recently served as Head of Studio and Publishing at virtual reality (VR) company Survios, and will now be responsible for overseeing development, partnerships, and new business opportunities at Skydance Interactive.
At Survios, Hewish lead a team responsible for the release of Raw Data, reportedly the first VR videogame to generate over $1M USD in revenue in its first month and the first VR title to hit the #1 spot for all videogames available on Steam. Prior to his time at Survios, Hewish served as Chief Executive Officer of social gaming company Bonanza Media, releasing titles including Bingo Home: Race To Earth and Shrek Slots Adventure.
“Chris has an outstanding track record within the industry and his recent success in the realm of VR brings invaluable experience to our newly established rapidly expanding interactive business,” said Skydance Media’s President and Chief Operating Officer Jesse Sisgold, to whom Hewish will report. “As we prepare to launch our first VR title, Archangel, as well as our first PC console title, PWND, we are thrilled to have Chris join our growing leadership team.”
“Skydance has done an incredible job of establishing itself as a visionary creator of top-notch film and television content, and Archangel is well positioned to be a fun and highly immersive new offering for VR gamers,” added Hewish. “To join the team at this stage is an amazing opportunity to help grow the interactive business by creating games that reflect the world-building for which Skydance is known.”
No official release date has yet been announced for the company’s VR debut, however earlier this year Skydance Interactive confirmed Archangel would launch on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Skydance Interactive’s VR titles.