Keynotes and Sessions Announced for GDC’s Game Career Seminar at Inaugural Entertainment for All™ Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – September 27, 2007 – IDG World Expo today announced the complete session line up for the Game Career Seminar, programmed by CMP Technology’s Game Developers Conference and scheduled to take place October 19-20 during the Entertainment for All(TM) Expo (E for All(TM)) video game expo.

Day one of the Game Career Seminar, geared towards teaching attendees how to break in to the game industry, will begin with a keynote session from Marc Mencher of Marc will explain the basics of the video game industry and what jobs are available. Day two, focused on career development for entry-level game developers, will include a keynote from Tommy Tallarico, founder of Video Games Live Concert series. Tommy will focus on how his career started and how he was able to maintain his independence as a creative industry professional while at the same time growing his skills, reputation, and business.

Sessions: Day 1 – October 19, 2007

— Keynote: It Takes a Team: Careers in the Games Industry

(9:00-10:00am) Panelists include:

— Marc Mencher,

— "I Made It!": Stories About Breaking In (10:30-11:30am)

— James Portnow, Activision

— Jolex Del Pilar, Point of View Games

— David Rodriguez, Packom Interactive

— "Pitch Your Game Idea": Round 1 (11:45am-12:45pm)

— David Perry, founder and CEO,

— Ru Weerasuriya, co-founder and VP of Creative Development, Ready

At Dawn Studios

— Dave Kosak, executive editor, Gamespy

— Stepping Stones: Applying to Your First Job (1:30-2:30pm)

— Fiona Cherbak,

— A Matter of Degree: Options in Game Education (3:00-4:00pm)

— Peter E. Raad, The Guildhall at SMU

— Bruce Naylor, DeVry

— Tracy Fullerton, University of Southern California

— Eric Elder, Art Institute of Los Angeles

— More Stepping Stones: Landing Your First Job (4:30-5:30pm)

— Darius Kazemi – President, Orbus Gameworks

Sessions: Day 2 – October 20, 2007

— Keynote: Self-Made: Making a Successful Independent Career


— Tommy Tallarico, founder of Video Games Live Concert series

— Winning Attention: Maximizing Advantages from Contests


— John Jensen, DigiPen Institute of Technology

— Zach Peterson, DigiPen Institute of Technology

— Brad Rasmussen, DigiPen Institute of Technology

— Ben Smith, DigiPen Institute of Technology

— "Pitch Your Game Idea": Round 2 (12:00 -1:00pm on Gamer Stage)