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John Needham becomes Studio Head at Lionhead

Microsoft Studios has today announced the appointment of John Needham to the role of Studio Head of Lionhead, effective immediately.

Reporting into Phil Harrison, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (EMEA), John will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Lionhead Studios.

Needham's previous experience includes a CEO role at both Cryptic Studios and, most recently, Gazillion Entertainment. Microsoft says that his 'PC and mobile experiences', will be a huge benefit to Lionhead and European Studio operations more widely. Needham also served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations, and CFO at Sony Online Entertainment; as a board member of Quark Games; and is a former member of the Gamestop Digital Advisory Council (US).

"This is a historic time in our industry and I'm excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios," John says of his appointment. "Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft's incredible hardware and software platforms. Personally, I can't wait to get started."

Phil Harrison added: "It's my pleasure to welcome John Needham to Microsoft Studios and Lionhead. He brings a wealth of proven executive leadership experience in the online gaming space to the company and I know he will confidently lead Lionhead towards an ambitious online future."

Online future. Is that an online only future, eh Mr Harrison?

Edited On 23 Apr, 2013

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0000000000 4 years ago
think this is a good move and i look forward to seeing what comes out of this move! i can see it being an online only future in all fairness, but i think that will depend on the reaction of the people more than anything!
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HappyNoodleBoy 4 years ago
Lionhead still around? I thought they died long ago. They haven't released anything worth a damn for about 7 or 8 years
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Fable II
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troublemaker 4 years ago
I see a Fable MMO for the NewBox360 being announced.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
Return to proper RPG gameplay for Fable please. No more of that start-button-tardis as replacement for menus/inventories shit from the third game. Or even better: New IP(s)!

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