Academy Award Winner and Industry Veteran Glenn Entis Joins Faculty at MDM Program

Academy Award Winner and Industry Veteran Glenn Entis Joins Faculty at MDM Program

Vancouver, BC – August 27, 2008 – The Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program today announces the appointment of Academy Award-winning animation pioneer and games industry veteran Glenn Entis to its faculty. As Adjunct Professor, Entis provides guidance and leadership for the continuing development of collaborative design skills of the MDM students.

“Glenn truly is an industry guru and a phenomenal ambassador for the animation industry,” comments Gerri Sinclair, executive director, Masters of Digital Media Program. “To bring his expertise to the Masters of Digital Media Program is a significant coup for the faculty and students of this graduate program.”

Glenn Entis was formerly CEO of Dreamworks Interactive where he worked with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg on a number of video games including the first title in the successful Medal of Honor series. In 2000, when Dreamworks was acquired by EA, Entis joined the gaming giant and went on to become their Chief Visual and Technology Officer. Prior to joining Dreamworks, Entis co-founded Pacific Data Images (PDI), where he co-wrote PDI’s first animation system, earning him a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts.

As a founding member of the MDM Advisory Board, Entis has played a significant role since the program’s inception. He played an active part in the development of the MDM curriculum; he launched, with Autodesk’s Tom Wujec, the “Hawt Design” Workshop, an innovative approach to collaborative digital media creation, for the first class of graduate students which will be repeated to the new, incoming cohort; and finally, he worked tirelessly to bring to life the Krazy Talk: Industry Giants Speaker Series presented by the MDM Program and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Glenn will join the rest of the faculty in welcoming the second cohort of MDM students starting in September 2008. The first group, half way through the 20-month gradate program, are returning from their summer internships. MDM students hail from across Canada and around the world.

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About the Masters of Digital Media Program @ the Centre for Digital Media @ Great Northern Way Campus
Launched in September 2007, the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program is an innovative, full-time professional master’s degree offering students team-based experiences focused on project learning in close collaboration with the international digital media industry. Housed in the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus, the MDM is a 20-month program and includes a paid summer internship.

Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC), established in 2001, is a collaborative educational innovation that combines the strengths of four leading academic institutions: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The MDM graduate degree bears the seals of all four academic partners.

 

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Masters of Digital Media Program
Tel: 778 370 1013 | grace_battiston@gnwc.ca