Ryan, Hall in player shift at WB games


Samantha Ryan, CEO of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment-owned video game developer Monolith, has been named senior vp development and production at WBIE, it was announced Tuesday.

Jason Hall, who held the senior vp post at WBIE since its inception in 2004, will segue into a first-look video game and feature film development deal through his wholly owned production company, HDFilms Inc. The move will allow Hall to get more hands-on with game and film projects.

"We've spent three years creating a foundation for games at Warner Bros., and we'll execute on this going forward," Hall said. "I'll continue to work on the game projects at Warner Bros. to help ensure we deliver the quality that I've been preaching for years. On the film side, I've had a film project since I got to Warner Bros. that continues to move forward in development."

Hall said he will continue to work on a new "Dirty Harry" video game, which is being developed by the Collective in conjunction with Clint Eastwood's Malpaso Prods.

"In addition to exploring original IPs that can exist as both games and films, we'll continue to partner game projects within Warner Bros," said Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group president. " 'Dirty Harry' is an example of relaunching an established brand through a next-generation video game and then shipping that alongside the HD-DVD of the film."

Ryan will have general oversight of WBIE's development and production teams and be responsible for guiding all the company's games, whether they're based on original stories, studio franchises or outside sources, from creation or acquisition through production. She will work alongside WBIE senior vp operations Debra Baker, and both execs will report to Tsujihara.

WBIE is finishing up an original Play Station Portable game, "300: March to Glory," which will ship in conjunction with Warners' theatrical release "300," based on a Frank Miller graphic novel. WBIE also is publishing its first next-generation game, "Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal," as well as developing a sequel to "FEAR."