Skydance Names Chris Hewish EVP of New Interactive Division

He was formerly head of studio and publishing at virtual reality firm Survios

Chris Hewish Skydance

Skydance Media has hired Chris Hewish as its Executive Vice President of Interactive, a new position at the company.

In the role, Hewish, who most recently served as head of studio and publishing at virtual reality company Survios, will be responsible for setting the overall strategy for Skydance Interactive, the film and TV production company’s virtual reality and video games division. He will also be in charge of development, partnerships and new business opportunities.

Skydance is releasing “Archangel,” a first-person shooter game that is the first original title from Skydance Interactive, on a majority of VR platforms in July. TheWrap had the opportunity to demo the game at the VRTL summit at the Paramount Pictures lot last week.

“Chris has an outstanding track record within the industry and his recent success in the realm of VR brings invaluable experience to our newly established rapidly expanding interactive business,” Skydance Media’s President and Chief Operating Officer Jesse Sisgold, to whom Hewish will report, said in a statement. “As we prepare to launch our first VR title, Archangel, as well as our first PC console title, PWND, we are thrilled to have Chris join our growing leadership team.”

“Skydance has done an incredible job of establishing itself as a visionary creator of top-notch film and television content, and Archangel is well positioned to be a fun and highly immersive new offering for VR gamers,” Hewish said in the statement. “To join the team at this stage is an amazing opportunity to help grow the interactive business by creating games that reflect the world-building for which Skydance is known.”