LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FoxNext President Salil Mehta today announced the promotion of Rick Phillips to President of Licensing and Publishing, FoxNext Games. Phillips previously oversaw Fox’s game licensing across mobile, console, PC, social and online gaming.
With FoxNext’s acquisition of Aftershock, an industry-leading creator of AAA mobile games, Phillips adds responsibilities for marketing and distribution, and he will build out Fox’s publishing group, as well as continue oversight of Fox’s current games licensing business, reporting to Mehta.
“Rick is an incredible asset to the quality and performance of our gaming business,” said Salil Mehta, President of FoxNext. “He was instrumental in identifying Aftershock as a strategic fit for Fox. His leadership, determination and wealth of experience will continue to be valuable as we continue to build FoxNext Games into an integrated game developer and publisher.”
“This is a very exciting and dynamic time in the video game industry,” said Rick Phillips, President of FoxNext Games. “Fox’s exceptional film and television portfolio, as well as our emphasis on finding both original and third-party properties, offers endless opportunities to build and grow.”
Games previously released by Fox include the critically acclaimed: Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game, Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Ice Age Adventures, Angry Birds Rio, Sugar Smash: Book of Life and Alien: Isolation.
Phillips will work in partnership with Aaron Loeb, who has joined FoxNext Games from Aftershock as President of Studios, FoxNext Games.
FoxNext is driving immersive, next-generation entertainment experiences in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, mobile, console and PC games and location-based entertainment across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group. The division consists of FoxNext Games, FoxNext Destinations and FoxNext VR Studio. Fox has a successful track record identifying exceptional games and publishing partners across the mobile and console/PC space, such as Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game, Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Ice Age Adventures, Sugar Smash: Book of Life and Alien: Isolation. FoxNext VR Studio will oversee VR experiences, such as the already announced ALIEN and PLANET OF THE APES productions, and work to commercialize Fox’s overarching VR strategy. FoxNext Destinations will oversee the company’s location-based entertainment business, including the development of the 20th Century Fox World theme park in Malaysia.