Activison Blizzard Serious About Bringing Franchises to TV and Film

In a news release today, Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced that acclaimed producer Stacey Sher has been named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios.

The move is designed to legitimize Activision Blizzard’s efforts to bring its major intellectual properties to television and the silver screen.  According to the press release, Activision Blizzard studios is devoted to creating television and films based on the company’s games, including Call of Duty and Skylanders, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo and StarCraft. Sher has produced more than two dozen major motion pictures, as well as nearly a dozen TV series and TV movies. One of her most recent credits is Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, The Hateful Eight. Sher will partner with former Disney executive Nick van Dyk to co-lead Hollywood’s newest studio. There’s a lot of opportunity for Sher and van Dyk to develop compelling video content with Activision Blizzard. Among the company’s IPs are industry staples like Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders, Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. 

Activison Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick praises Sher for her work, “Stacey is a rare talent behind two decades of award-winning television series and films. Her ability to collaborate with the most inspired, talented people in entertainment and her unyielding commitment to creativity make her perfectly suited to Activision Blizzard Studios,” he says. “As custodians of some of the world’s most successful entertainment franchises, we are thoughtfully and creatively expanding our franchises through television and films in a way that will honor the commitment our audiences make to our games.”

Co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, Nick van Dyk, claims “Stacey’s immense talent is a great fit for Activision Blizzard Studios, and together we’ll bring Activision Blizzard’s hugely popular intellectual property to both existing fans and new audiences.” Van Dyk says Activison Blizzard’s business model is unique, and a “focused and disciplined strategy will drive tremendous franchise value for Activision Blizzard as we bring audiences new ways to engage with the intellectual property they love. I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Stacey in building this business.”

Sher says she’s looking forward to creating filmed entertainment as great as the games themselves, “I look forward to joining Nick, Bobby, and the insanely talented and forward-thinking team at Activision Blizzard to develop an even greater voice for these franchises by bringing them into the world of television and film.”

Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominee, most recently for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. She was previously nominated for Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, with Julia Roberts and Albert Finney. Sher’s film credits also include Academy Award Best Picture nominee Pulp Fiction, the 2005 Independent Spirit Award-winning Garden State, and three films with director Steven Soderbergh: Contagion, Erin Brockovich, and Out of Sight. Additional credits include Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; Matilda; Along Came Polly; Reality Bites; Get Shorty and its sequel, Be Cool; Gattaca; Man on the Moon; Skeleton Key; Freedom Writers; Burnt; A Walk Among the Tombstones; Freeheld; Wish I Was Here; Living Out Loud; Camp; How High; AMC’s hit television series “Into the Badlands”; and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911,” for which Sher served as an executive producer for all six seasons.


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Activision Blizzard Studios Co-Presidents Stacey Sher (L) and Nick van Dyk (R) (Photo: Activision Blizzard)