The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced today that Steve Wadsworth, President of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) will keynote the D.I.C.E. Summit, which will take place at Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas on February 17-19, 2010.
Wadsworth leads the Walt Disney Company segment that's responsible for the global creation and delivery of Disney-branded entertainment and lifestyle content across all interactive media platforms, including online, mobile devices and game consoles. DIMG also provides digital media strategy, technology solutions and execution for Disney and its ABC and ESPN units.
"Disney is synonymous with great entertainment across the spectrum of media choices we have today. Steve Wadsworth is the at the helm of Disney's interactive experiences for all video games, online and mobile devices – from the Epic Mickey game to the Marvel acquisition to the success of Club Penguin as well as his views on the future of connectivity – we look forward to hearing his thoughts on this rapidly changing industry," said Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
The Walt Disney Company formed the DIMG business segment in 2008, which is a combination of its preexisting Walt Disney Internet Group and Disney Interactive Studios units, to take best advantage of rapid advancements in interactive digital media and cross-platform content convergence. Wadsworth was named President of DIMG at that time.
"The Walt Disney Company has a history of taking risks within interactive entertainment and has demonstrated how to deliver relevant content across diverse brands, platforms and consumer groups. Mr. Wadsworth will share his insights, challenges and successes on how he negotiates with an audience that is always in a state of flux looking for the next thing in entertainment; a challenge that everyone who attends the D.I.C.E. Summit contends," says Olin.