Jam City Appoints Former Machine Zone GMs Nick Pavlich and Chris Ulm to Executive Team
Pavlich Appointed SVP of Studio Operations; Ulm Appointed Creative Director of Jam City San Diego
LOS ANGELES, MARCH 15, 2018 /BUSINESSWIRE/ — Jam City, a global leader in mobile entertainment, providing social game experiences for millions of players around the world, today announced that it has further strengthened its executive bench with the appointment of two former general managers (GMs) from Machine Zone – Nick Pavlich and Chris Ulm.
Nick Pavlich, who was appointed SVP of Studio Operations at Jam City, drove development for the massively successful games Game of War and Mobile Strike as GM at Machine Zone. In addition, as former VP and Development Director at Activision, Nick oversaw one of the biggest console launches of all time, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In his new role, Pavlich will focus on strengthening Jam City’s global studio operations as the company continues to grow and expand its mobile games portfolio.
Chris Ulm, who was appointed Creative Director of Jam City’s San Diego studio, is a twenty-year veteran of both the publishing and video game industries, having co-founded studios later acquired by Marvel and Activision. Most recently, Chris served as GM of Machine Zone’s San Diego studio. In his new role, Chris will lead the creative team at Jam City’s San Diego studio, overseeing the company’s 100 million user Cookie Jam franchise.
“We are thrilled about bringing Nick and Chris on board as we look to accelerate the tremendous growth we have achieved in our core business,” said Josh Yguado, Co-Founder & President at Jam City. “Nick and Chris are both highly respected leaders with deep experience in operational scale and the game development process and we are already benefiting from their expertise and creativity as we continue to expand our audience and launch iconic, top grossing mobile games.”
“Jam City has an amazing portfolio of mobile games and some of the most creative and innovative teams in the the industry,” said Nick Pavlich, SVP of Studio Operations at Jam City. “I look forward to working closely with the teams as we continue to establish Jam City as a gaming powerhouse.”
“I’m honored to work closely with the industry leading team at Jam City to grow and create lasting mobile franchises that entertain millions of players around the world,” said Chris Ulm, Creative Director at Jam City.
Nick Pavlich – Senior Vice President of Studio Operations
Nick Pavlich joins Jam City with significant operational experience in the gaming sector, having managed teams from hit games such as Call of Duty, Game of War and Mobile Strike. Prior to joining Jam City, Nick was a VP & Development Director at Activision. During his tenure at Activision, he led teams that developed and launched titles including the blockbuster console title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was one of the largest and most successful launches in entertainment industry history. Previously, Nick was a GM at Machine Zone where he drove development and support for the wildly successful games Game of War and Mobile Strike.
Chris Ulm – Creative Director, Jam City San Diego
A twenty-year veteran of both the publishing and video game industries who has successfully created franchises and developed companies, Chris Ulm will serve as Creative Director at Jam City’s San Diego studio, leading efforts to optimize creative experiences for consumers. Most recently, Chris served as Studio GM of Machine Zone San Diego after Machine Zone acquired mobile developer Appy (where Chris was CEO and co-founder). Chris also co-founded console game developer High Moon Studios before its acquisition by Vivendi Games and transition to Activision-Blizzard. Before developing video games, he co-founded Malibu Comics Entertainment, the publisher of Men in Black and the Ultraverse line of superhero comics. As Editor-In-Chief he oversaw the development of both original and licensed properties, leading to its acquisition by Marvel Comics in 1994.
About Jam City
Jam City is a global leader in mobile entertainment, providing social gaming experiences for millions of players around the world. Jam City was founded in 2010 by MySpace cofounders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb, and former 20th Century Fox executive Josh Yguado. Jam City is the creative powerhouse behind some of the highest grossing and most enduring social gaming franchises for mobile, including Cookie Jam (Facebook “Game of the Year” winner) and Panda Pop. Jam City is the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands including Harry Potter, Family Guy, Marvel Avengers and Futurama. Jam City has 500 employees across studios in Los Angeles (HQ), San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Buenos Aires. The Jam City team is known for its creative excellence and technological innovation in key areas including storytelling, data science and consumer insights.