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Skybound hires ex-EA biz dev exec because it ponders acquisitions

Clementine flees The Strolling Ineffective.

Clementine flees The Strolling Ineffective.

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Skybound Leisure, the multi-platform entertainment company within the wait on of mega hit franchises fancy
The Strolling Ineffective, has hired an acquisitions specialist to draw finish into consideration acquiring numerous companies.

Coming on board is Jeff Chaiken, a mature EA executive who shall be Skybound’s original senior vp and head of company pattern and approach, a original role for the corporate. Chaiken involves Skybound with over three decades of expertise in M&A, partnerships, and approach at some stage within the media and entertainment and expertise sectors.

That’s honest, puny game companies. The Strolling Ineffective company might well attain shuffling after you.

Chaiken used to be most fair no longer too lengthy within the past head of company pattern and approach at Electronic Arts (EA), where he efficiently carried out transactions rising EA’s world studio footprint, improving EA’s mobile, sports, and entertainment portfolios, and bringing original expertise, IP, and expertise to the corporate.

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Jeff Chaiken will journey company pattern at Skybound Leisure.

Vital transactions encompass the acquisitions of Respawn Leisure, the creators of Titanfall, Apex Legends, and Huge title Wars: Jedi & Fallen Listing; Codemasters’ racing portfolio, including the highly acclaimed F1 Racing; and the addition of many numerous fan authorized video games equivalent to Golf Conflict, Produce Home,
Covet Style, and Super Mega Baseball.

In addition to The Strolling Ineffective, which used to be created by Skybound founder Robert Kirkman, Skybound also owns the Invincible and Impression Winter entertainment properties.

Robert Kirkman spoke publicly for the first time since the pandemic at GamesBeat Summit 2023.
Robert Kirkman spoke publicly for the first time since the pandemic at GamesBeat Summit 2023.

Becoming a member of at some stage in a duration of important world growth for Skybound, Ned Sherman, chief industry affairs & upright officer at Skybound Leisure notes, “We’re so mad to welcome Jeff as a key leader on our executive team. By bringing Jeff on, we’re signaling to the market and the industry community that we are eagerly and actively attempting to secure more deals.”

Chaiken shall be integral to Skybound’s strategic planning efforts, specializing in identifying and executing world initiatives, including enhance fundraising, investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, partnerships, and numerous strategic transactions.

Chaiken sees a gigantic opportunity in becoming a member of Skybound to lead the corporate’s formidable initiatives as neatly.

“Skybound’s expertise in bringing compelling entertainment experiences to audiences across mediums, unlocks thrilling first-to-market advantages across the TV, movie, on-line game, animation, board game, and merchandise sectors. Skybound has a fat portfolio of liked narrate & IP, and a high-caliber, experienced team made out of the industry’s top expertise, and I’m taking a seek for forward to working with this team to continue Skybound’s spectacular world enhance,” stated Chaiken, in a narrate.

Chaiken’s hire comes on the heels of loads of fair no longer too lengthy within the past carried out enhance transactions by Skybound, including the acquisition of Sagafilm ehf, a prominent Nordic manufacturing company; a majority funding in Nordic video games publisher 5th Planet Video games; a strategic partnership with game maker MegaCat Studios; an funding in French manufacturing company Scenario42, helmed by entertainment tastemaker Médéric Albuoy; and the establishment of Skybound’s most up-to-date outpost, Skybound Japan, specializing in Manga, anime, and numerous Jap entertainment forms.

Ahead of EA, Chaiken held leadership roles in company pattern supporting Hewlett-Packard’s tool & expertise industry and in approach consulting at Accenture within the Media & Know-how sector.

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