Peter Della Penna


(Source: Sierra Entertainment)

LOS ANGELES, March 22 -- Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, today announced it has named Peter Della Penna president of High Moon Studios. Della Penna takes the helm from High Moon Studio's founding president John Rowe, who will move into an advisory role with the studio. Based in San Diego, Calif., High Moon Studios is one of four internal game development studios within the Sierra Entertainment organization.

"We look to Peter to direct all aspects of the critical development work being done for Sierra Entertainment within High Moon Studios," said Martin Tremblay, president, Worldwide Studios for Sierra Entertainment. "I'm confident under Peter's leadership, High Moon will continue the momentum John has established."

Rowe, a 27-year veteran of the video game industry, established what ultimately became High Moon Studios in 2002. He continued to head the studio following its acquisition by Vivendi Games in January 2006. "Peter has been an integral part of High Moon since our acquisition," said Rowe. "He has intimate knowledge of the studio and the admiration of our development principals. High Moon is poised for continued success under his leadership."

Prior to taking on this new role, Della Penna served as Chief Operating Officer for Sierra Entertainment's Worldwide Studios. He joined Vivendi Games in 2001 as senior vice president for studio finance and operations. Della Penna has more than 15 years of experience in publishing and has held senior positions spanning external development, internal support, quality assurance, customer service, operations and finance. "I'm truly honored to join High Moon Studios in this capacity and look forward to building on the foundation of creativity and quality already in place," said Della Penna. "I'm excited about the enhanced interaction I'll have with the team focused on producing a strong slate of Sierra Entertainment products."

About Sierra Entertainment: Sierra Entertainment, a global division of Vivendi Games, creates and publishes innovative, high-quality interactive entertainment for videogame systems, handheld gaming devices and personal computers. Sierra Entertainment features a portfolio of titles based on original IP and popular licenses from industry-leading content partners, including F.E.A.R.(TM), Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Scarface(TM) and Ice Age(TM). Sierra Entertainment has four integrated internal studios providing creative talents and development capabilities across multiple gaming genres: High Moon Studios in San Diego, CA; Massive Entertainment in Malmo, Sweden; Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C.; and Swordfish Studios in Birmingham and Manchester, England.

Vivendi Universal Games Names Martin Tremblay To Global Product Development Position
(Thu 20 Apr 2006)

LOS ANGELES - Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") announced today that Martin Tremblay has joined as President, Worldwide Studios. In his new role, Martin will be responsible for setting the vision for the company's products, overseeing operations of internal studios, and managing external development relationships. Martin will be based out of the company's Los Angeles headquarters. In his previous position as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ubisoft's internationally acclaimed Montreal studio, Martin helped build the studio from 350 to 1400 people. Under his leadership, it became the second largest games development studio in the world, with several top-selling franchises which are among the industry's leading games.

"We are delighted to have Martin join Vivendi Universal Games. He has the vision, enthusiasm and track record to elevate the company to a leadership position in the industry," said Bruce Hack, Chief Executive Officer, VU Games. "We know that Martin will harness the immense creativity of VU Games' development executives and studios to create top tier mass market experiences for gamers around the globe." In his role as President, Worldwide Studios, Martin will report to VU Games' CEO Bruce Hack.

Peter Della Penna will continue as Chief Operating Officer, Worldwide Studios, reporting to Martin. "I am excited about working with Peter and the other talented individuals at Vivendi Universal Games," said Martin Tremblay. "It is a great opportunity and I am confident that our teams will be able to invent exciting, top quality games that will thrill gamers everywhere." Blizzard Entertainment is a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and not part of Martin's product development mandate.

About Vivendi Universal Games: Vivendi Universal Games is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. VU Games' two principal studios are Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of WarcraftTM, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra is the owner of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Empire Earth, Leisure Suit LarryTM, and Ground Control.


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