By Sahil Patel
Nanea Reeves, who was hired by Machinima in March 2012 to serve as its chief operating officer, is no longer with the company.
VideoInk has learned from multiple sources that Reeves left Machinima, an online entertainment network targeting gamers and fanboys, at the beginning of the year. Two individuals with ties to the company tell us that her exit was amicable, and that it was in the works for quite some time. Reeves wanted to rejoin former colleagues at TextPlus, a startup that operates a free voice-calling and messaging service for mobile devices.
We’re also told that Reeves and Machinima worked together to make her exit “seamless.” This included handing over Reeves’ responsibilities (including oversight of the product and technology groups) to Stephen Semprevivo, who joined the company late last year as president and general manager.
When Reeves was hired by Machinima, she was put in charge of helping the entertainment company expand its distribution across different devices and platforms. During her time, Reeves assisted in the launch of Machinima’s apps for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 app, in particular, was a point of pride for the company, having generated record downloads as soon as it arrived on the Xbox Live platform.
It’s unclear if Machinima will look to replace the now-vacant COO position, or if Semprevivo will continue to serve as her de facto replacement.
* Disclosure: Machinima’s chairman and CEO Allen DeBevoise, who invests in more online video companies than you can think of, is also an investor in VideoInk.