FoxNext has promoted President of Licensing and Publishing Rick Phillips to President of its games division.
Phillips had previously overseen Fox’s games licensing across mobile, console, PC, social and online gaming.
He will now be responsible for building out the publishing group as well as continuing to run Fox’s current games licensing business. He will report to FoxNext President Salil Mehta.
“Rick is an incredible asset to the quality and performance of our gaming business,” said Salil Mehta, President of FoxNext.
"He was instrumental in identifying Aftershock as a strategic fit for Fox. His leadership, determination and wealth of experience will continue to be valuable as we continue to build FoxNext Games into an integrated game developer and publisher.”
Fox has run a number of licensing deals in the past for games such as Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game; Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Angry Birds Rio and Alien: Isolation.
FoxNext was formed earlier this year to develop new entertainment experiences outside of the company’s typical TV and film spaces. Divisions include FoxNext Games, FoxNext Destinations (for location-based projects) and FoxNext VR Studio (For VR experiences).
Earlier this week FoxNext acquired the team of ex-Kabam developers at Aftershock and brought it into its games division.
Following the deal, Aftershock’s Aaron Loeb has been named President of Studios for FoxNext Games.