Activision Blizzard Names Hateful Eight Producer as Co-President of Film and TV Studio

Announced last year alongside plans for Call of Duty movies and a Skylanders TV show, Activision Blizzard Studios has added Stacey Sher as Co-President.

Most recently, Sher produced The Hateful Eight and worked on Into the Badlands. She’ll be teaming up with Co-President, and former Disney executive, Nick van Dyk.

van Dyk talked about the announcement:

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. Our model is unique: we have a rich library of franchises created over three decades with tens of millions of fans, direct relationships with our audiences and Activision Blizzard’s business capabilities, which enable us to operate with incredible efficiency in content creation, marketing and distribution as compared to the traditional studios. Our 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 added, “I’m excited about our mandate to create filmed entertainment based on Activision Blizzard games that is as great as the games themselves.”

In the press release, Activision Blizzard Studios said they are “devoted to creating television and films based on the company’s library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties, including Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty and Skylanders, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo and StarCraft.”

The Call of Duty cinematic universe is expected to kick off in 2018 or 2019.