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Former SEGA/SCEA President Joins Trilogy Studios' Board of Advisors

by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2007 @ 1:05 p.m. PST

On the heels of announcing the completion of its second round of independent equity funding, totaling $3.2 million, Trilogy Studios (founded by former EA/Vivendi members) announced that it has added former SEGA/SCEA President Bernard Stolar to its board of advisors.

“We’ve assembled a stellar roster of advisors from all areas of the entertainment industry in order to create online virtual worlds that celebrate a broad range of interests,” said Michael Pole, Chairman and CEO of Trilogy Studios. “Bernie Stolar was one of the driving forces that established the video game industry as a legitimate entertainment medium. His history will really benefit Trilogy Studios as we work to expand the casual MMO space.”

Former president of both Sega of America and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Bernard Stolar started his more than 30-year video game industry career at Atari, where he worked in the coin-op division and eventually in the home division, where he was in charge of platforms such as the Atari Lynx. Stolar was the first president at SCEA, in charge of the successful PlayStation platform. He left Sony to take the helm at Sega of America, managing the Sega Saturn and launching the Dreamcast platform. Stolar has also held positions at Mattel Interactive, Bam! Entertainment and Adscape Media, and is currently the chairman of the board and lead director at mobile media content provider Oasys Mobile, Inc.

“Michael Pole and I have collaborated on a number of successful game projects over the years, and I view him as one of the most creative and forward-thinking people I’ve ever worked with,” said Bernard Stolar. “I trust in Michael’s vision, so when he asked me to join him in this emerging space, I was thrilled.”

Bernard Stolar will join an already impressive board of directors that includes Michael Wilson, CEO of Makena Technologies and producer of There.com, and David Jackson, Managing Partner of Evanston Financial Partners.

In 2007, Trilogy designed and launched MTV Networks’ most popular online virtual world to date, Virtual “Pimp My Ride," and it also working on AAA quality next-generation console games.

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