http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/new...hp?story=17863Following news that Sony Online Entertainment would now be moved to the company's SCEI wing, Sony has announced that its Sony Pictures digital division president Yair Landau has left the company to form a new games and animation venture.
Landau, recently featured on Gamasutra, will leave the company in April, after a 17-year tenure with Sony Pictures, including nearly a decade as its president. Landau helped oversee not only the company's digital animation and effects unit, Imageworks, but also established its feature-length animation studio Sony Pictures Animation (Open Season, Surf's Up).
Sony says Landau also oversaw "the growth of Sony Online Entertainment into a worldwide leader in massive multiplayer online games, such as EverQuest, Untold Legends, PlanetSide and Star Wars Galaxies."
Landau has not yet announced any details on the new games and animation venture. He will continue to serve as executive producer of Sony Pictures latest animated feature, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, due for release in 2009.
Said Sony Corporation chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer, "From the moment I began my relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment ten years ago, Yair has been a truly valued friend and colleague. His influence on Sony's decision-making in the digital dawn has been profound and enduring. We will all benefit from his instincts and insights for many years to come."
Sounds good to me. More games from Sony. Stringer seems to think he is a great guy so I expect this will come to something good some time. I will have to keep an eye out for news on this in the future.
Wasn't Landau supposed to have been working on early talks & what-not for the MGS movie too?
BIG moves are upon us, this means that BIG plans are coming!... Phil to Infragram, the coming together of SOE and SWWE studios (think that's what it's called lol) now this. R* will be keen on finding a stable home and these latest moves by Sony solidify their intentions for the future of gaming, both offline and online. if R* have anything about them they will realize that spreading themselves thinly will lead to a slowing down of interest. keep that interest high R* go to Infrogram already!!!
SOE is moving into the SCEI division??? When was that announced? I can't believe I missed that... does that mean they will be closer working with the rest of SCEWW? Does that have anything to do with all that?
Wow. That's a mouthful. Howard Stringer is awesome lol.Said Sony Corporation chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer, "From the moment I began my relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment ten years ago, Yair has been a truly valued friend and colleague. His influence on Sony's decision-making in the digital dawn has been profound and enduring. We will all benefit from his instincts and insights for many years to come."
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