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MATT WHITE NAMED KUJU’S NEW HEAD OF STUDIOS

Former Codemasters Director takes the hotseat, with Narcos, Zumba and Guitar Hero at the top of his inbox

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Matt White has been appointed Head of Studios at UK developer Kuju. He replaces Brynley Gibson, who is moving to Sweden with his family.

Part of the Catalis Group – which also includes Curve Digital and Testronic – Kuju currently has teams working on Narcos, Zumba and Guitar Hero games. White will head up all Kuju operations, whilst looking to further expand the studio’s activities.

White joins Kuju from Codemasters where he was Game Director. He has also enjoyed stints at Exient, Microsoft, Infogrames and Games Workshop during his career in game development.

“We’re delighted that Matt is joining us to head up Kuju as we embark on an exciting period, with work beginning on Narcos and Zumba Fitness, and expansion plans underway,” said Catalis CEO Dominic Wheatley. “Matt’s extensive experience speaks for itself and we’re looking forward to him taking Kuju forward.”

"Kuju are a well known and highly respected developer whose titles have engaged and delighted players,” said White. “The games in development show a commitment, passion and collaboration for crafting compelling experiences. I am thrilled to be joining this team and leading the exciting growth of the business."

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About Kuju Ltd.
Kuju makes compelling games & branded experiences for VR, AR and Console platforms such as the upcomingNarcosfor PC, Switch, Xbox One and PS4. With 20 years of experience and over 125 titles to its name, Kuju is one of the UK’s longest serving ‘work for hire’ developers. Based in London and Brighton it has produced titles for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision, Disney and Ubisoft. Alongside developing original concepts such as the long running Art Academyseries, the company has been entrusted with developing globally recognised IP from the worlds of Film, TV and Games. These titles include brands such as The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, The Voice, Zumbaand Guitar Herowww.Kuju.com

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Catalis acquires Curve Digital, creates UK games powerhouse

Thursday 7th January 2016 LONDON, UK: The Catalis Group, backed by Private Equity and the parent company of Kuju Entertainment and Testronic, has acquired leading independent games publisher and developer Curve Digital.

The agreement sees the creation of a new group – Curve Digital Entertainment – within Catalis, comprising:-

Curve Digital Publishing, the fast growing independent publisher on PC and console formats. London-based, it has just completed its most successful year to date. Curve has published acclaimed titles such as The Swindle, Pumped BMX+ and the Instant Indie compilations - and has a number of key titles lined up for release in 2016, including Cosmochoria, Action Henk and Hue.

Kuju Entertainment, one of the UK’s leading ‘work for hire’ development companies, which encompasses the Zoe Mode and Headstrong Games studios. Kuju is working on titles for Ubisoft, Activision, Nintendo and other major publishers. Kuju also creates its own IP, whilst the Kuju Start-Ups division provides investment and support for the indie games sector.
 
This new UK games powerhouse is headed up by Catalis CEO Dominic Wheatley, who co-founded the famous ‘Britsoft’ publisher Eidos Interactive, which created the Tomb Raider franchise.

“Our acquisition of Curve Digital and merging them with Kuju means we have created the potential for a major new British games publisher, the first of its kind for many years.” said Wheatley. “It’s also good news for the UK indie games community to have a professional publishing partner who can take their titles to the international market.”

Jason Perkins, Managing Director at Curve Digital, added: “Curve’s unique publishing model and expertise within the indie space has enabled us to grow steadily year on year, but this move will enable us to accelerate our expansion.”

Stuart Dinsey, a major investor in Curve Digital at its formation, will be Chairman of the Curve Digital Entertainment group. ‘This is so exciting for all of us. We’re targeting business development across both Curve and Kuju.”

The Catalis Group also includes Testronic Laboratories, the leading QA, compliance and localization service provider.

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NOTES TO EDITORS
 
About Curve Digital
Curve Digital is a fast growing independent video games publisher on PC and console format. Working with high profile developers such as Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), Dan Marshall (The Swindle) and Olli Harjola (The Swapper), Curve helps individuals and small teams bring their games to a larger audience. Curve actively publishes on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Wii U and 3DS.

About The Catalis Group
Since 2007, Kuju Entertainment has been part of the Catalis Group. Headed up by CEO Dominic Wheatley, the main objective of the Catalis Group is to deliver quality services to the media and high-tech industries. Catalis offers both testing and development services, and operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Testronic Labs and Kuju Entertainment from locations throughout the UK, Europe and the USA with over 700 staff.  

About Kuju Entertainment
For over 16 years Kuju Entertainment has been one of the world’s leading independent video games developers. The company works across all major platforms and a wide variety of genres. Kuju Entertainment has built a solid reputation as a work-for-hire developer, whilst also creating its own IP. Kuju encompasses two studios – Headstrong Games and Zoe Mode – which each boast some of the best, most experienced and innovative individuals in the industry.

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