Prior to founding ASCENDANT, Chris Roberts was Chairman and CEO of Digital Anvil (DA), the game development and digital effects company he founded. DA became the first interactive entertainment company to make a game title, WING COMMANDER, into a $25 million feature film. DA also became a digital effects powerhouse, creating all of the digital effects for the WING COMMANDER movie and contributing to the digital effects for several other films, including SPY KIDS. In December 2000, Roberts sold DA to Microsoft.
A gaming wunderkind, Roberts sold his first computer game at the age of 14, and by the age of 20, Roberts had developed three #1 hits in his native U.K. In 1990, Roberts developed WING COMMANDER, which set a new standard for PC games and evolved into a franchise series of game titles, all developed and produced by Roberts. With its cinematic quality, clearly developed storylines and well-know actors, the WING COMMANDER series created a whole new genre within the gaming industry known as the interactive movie. In addition to selling more than 3 million units worldwide by 1995, the WING COMMANDER series won a record setting number of gaming awards. To date, the series has generated over $400 million in global retail revenue.
Prior to his employment with Bel-Air, Schimmel
was President of Michael Douglass Universal-based
Further Films, which he helped Michael establish. Schimmel
came to Further from Paramount-based Douglas/Reuther Productions,
a venture between partners Michael Douglas and producer Steve
Reuther. Schimmel served as Senior Vice President of Production
for Douglas/Reuther Productions, where he supervised the production
of John Woos FACE/OFF and post-production of Francis Coppolas
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