MCV Jobs Weekly: The Pokémon Company evolves its PR team

ThePokmon Company strengthens its PR team, Sumo hires Karl Hilton to run its new studio and Future announces two appointments to its commercial and sales team.

Enticknap and Bryant join ThePokmon CompanyUK team

The firm behind the monster-catching series has just added two names to its PR team.

First, Richie Enticknap (pictured, right) has been hired as video game PR manager. He joins from Curve Digital, where he held the same position for ten months. Before that, Enticknap had been the PR and community officer at UKIE for more than two years.

Jonnie Bryant (pictured, far right) has also joined the company as senior PR manager for Europe. Bryant has been working in the video games industry for over 13 years. He has had several senior PR positions at Jagex, Blizzard, Vivendi and Take-Two.

Hilton to run Sumo’s new studio

Industry veteran Karl Hilton has joined Sumo Digital, where he will be running the company’s new UK studio in Nottingham.

Hilton has previously been Crytek’s managing director for the UK for five years. He created his own development studio, Free Radical Design, in 1999. Known for the TimeSplitters franchise, the company was then acquired by Crytek in 2009.

We are looking to create a state of the art studio in Nottingham and will build a team of experienced and new talent dedicated to creating the highest quality gaming experiences,” said Hilton.

Working closely with the Sumo studios in Sheffield and Pune, the Nottingham studio will build on the technical and creative excellence that Sumo is well known for.”

Future strengthens commercial team

The media giant has announced two senior appointments to its commercial and sales team.

Joining from Time Inc. where he worked for 16 years, Matt Downs is now Future’s director of agency sales. He will be in charge of all aspects of agency relationships and trading.

John Burke has also been hired as head of tech partnerships, a newly created role for Future. He will be responsible for creating and increasing Future’s partnerships with tech brands. Burke previously worked at The Telegraph Media Group.

Commercial sales director Clare Dove commented: We are delighted that Matt and John have joined us at this extremely exciting time. Both bring a huge wealth of experience to the team that will undoubtedly help expand Future’s growth and help us maintain our position as the UK’s leader in tech publishing.”

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