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Ian Verchere

Founding Faculty

Master of Digital Media

Verchere is a long-time game industry executive, creative producer, game director, writer, and visual artist. He has been involved in the creation and production of some 40 video, computer, and mobile games. Over 30 million people have now downloaded Red Bull Freeskiing, Red Bull Air Race, Bike Unchained, and Snowboarding The Fourth Phase for their mobile devices. Millions more have played SSX Tricky and NBA Street V2 on their consoles, and the award-winning, best-selling Sega Genesis title Beavis and Butt-head for Viacom/MTV.

A former professional skier and alpine coach, Verchere graduated with honours from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1989. He was one of the founders of Radical Entertainment, and served as Studio Creative Director until he left in 1998 to join Electronic Arts (Canada) as a Producer.

Verchere sold his first feature screenplay, Mom’s Cookies (co-written with Douglas Coupland), to Buena Vista (Disney), and is a member of the WGAw. In 2007, his first non-fiction book General Deliver, Whistler BC V0N 1B0, was published by Douglas & McIntyre. He was former Chief Creative (CCO) of Roadhouse Interactive, a company he co-founded in 2009, and left some months prior to it’s closing.

Currently, he is a co-founder and the CEO of Session Games, a production company specializing in creating, delivering, and operating original games. Session is doing live development and operations on the games they’ve built for Red Bull Media House, and in development on several undisclosed game projects.