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Digital entrepreneur Chris DeWolfe is best known as co-founder and former CEO of MySpace from 2003 to 2009, the social network that redefined the concept of socializing around shared interests. Under DeWolfe’s leadership, MySpace grew exponentially.
At launch in 2003, MySpace attracted an average of 300,000 new members daily, and when he left the company in 2009, it had more than 125 million monthly active users globally.
DeWolfe continues his entrepreneurial mission at SGN. As CEO, DeWolfe led the acquisitions and rollup of MindJolt, SGN, HallPass Media, and Mob Science, creating a leading independent multiplatform game developer and publisher. Responsible for more than 12 top 10 titles on the iTunes Store and three number one titles on the Amazon Appstore, SGN has 35 million monthly active users, 45 million mobile downloads and more than 80 million installs on Facebook.
DeWolfe has been featured on the cover of Fortune magazine twice, was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world (2007), and chosen by Barbara Walters as one of her 10 most fascinating people (2007). DeWolfe has a B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Southern California and was honored by the latter as Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year (2006). DeWolfe served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Talenthouse. He lives in Los Angeles.
As President of Skybound Interactive, Dan draws on a detailed understanding of the industry gained from working closely with publishers, developers, investors and entertainment partners. He joined Foundation 9 Entertainment in 2006 when the company was purchased by a private equity firm, facilitating the acquisition of additional studios and closing over 50 major game development deals. Dan is currently leading Skybound’s efforts to expand their interactive portfolio based on their existing properties such as THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, SUPER DINOSAUR, OUTCAST, BIRTHRIGHT, MANIFEST DESTINY, CLONE and many more.
James Pitaro is the president of Disney Interactive, the interactive entertainment segment of The Walt Disney Company. In his role, Mr. Pitaro is focused on delivering high-quality interactive entertainment experiences for Guests across all current and emerging digital media platforms. In this capacity, Mr. Pitaro leads Disney Interactive’s multi-platform games business and oversees the division’s suite of premium web and app experiences, which serve as the online and mobile gateways to Disney. Additionally, Mr. Pitaro is focused on ensuring that Disney Interactive serves as a center of digital excellence within The Walt Disney Company by providing value, services and expertise to the rest of the company.
Prior to joining Disney Interactive, Mr. Pitaro served as vice president of Yahoo! Media where he was responsible for guiding the strategic growth and continued development of Yahoo!’s media properties. Prior to that role, Mr. Pitaro was vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Sports where he was credited with leading the website to its position as the number one online sports destination. Previous to that role, Mr. Pitaro served as vice president and head of business affairs for Yahoo! Music, where he was instrumental in making it the web’s number one music site.
Before joining the Yahoo! team, Mr. Pitaro was vice president of business affairs for LAUNCH Media, Inc. and practiced law at several New York firms.
Mr. Pitaro holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School.
Emmett Shear is founder and CEO of Twitch (www.twitch.tv), the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Mr. Shear is also co-founder of Justin.tv and a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises fledgling startups on product and strategy. Mr. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 and in 2012 was included in Forbes Magazine on their 30 under 30 list. Twitch launched in 2011, and in 2014 The Wall Street Journal cited the brand as having the 4th largest peak internet traffic in the U.S.
Alexander Seropian is the founder and CEO of Industrial Toys, a studio focused on building mobile games for core gamers. Alex began his career in games in 1991 as the founder of Bungie Studios. Under his guidance, Bungie created some of the most celebrated game franchises in the industry, including Marathon, Myth, Oni, and the blockbuster Halo series. Building on the success of Bungie, he founded Wideload Games, an independent game developer that produced award-winning titles such as Stubbs the Zombie and Guilty Party. In 2009, Wideload was acquired by Disney Interactive Media Group, and Alex became Senior Vice President and General Manager of Core Video Games for The Walt Disney Company where he built interactive franchises with major brands such as Mickey Mouse, Pixar and Marvel.
He’s been in and around games his entire life, starting with his unpublished and unofficial Xanth RPG as a child, through his early career on the Leo Burnett marketing team that launched Nintendo’s N64 and the Pokemon franchise. He founded Starcom IP and SMG Play, two of ad giant Publicis’ most successful digital divisions, and the creation of Seven Lights, makers of early F2P collectible wargame, The Continuum. He is currently Founder & President at Industrial Toys, a game studio focused on creating great mobile games for core gamers. Their first title, Midnight Star, is a reimagining of the sci-fi shooter for touch devices.