Ex-Marvel Director Tim Connors Joins Video Game Company Nexon Studios as Senior Vice President of Operations, Legal and Commercial Affairs – deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Tim Connors, the former COO of Marvel Studios, has joined the studio arm of Asia-based video game company Nexon.
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Legal and Business Affairs, Connors will report to Nexon Studios President Nick van Dyk, a former senior executive at Disney and Activision Blizzard. Van Dyk launched the Los Angeles-based division earlier this year, as Deadline was the first to report it. Founded in 1994 in South Korea, Nexon is today based in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company has a market value of nearly $ 18 billion.
Connors was COO at Marvel when his first six films were released and the company was acquired by Disney in 2009. He has also held executive positions at independent production companies such as Legendary, QED. and Artists Production Group and has gained experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. He spent several years as a strategic consultant for Kadokawa Entertainment in Japan and Lotte Entertainment in Korea.
“Tim’s background, including his experience at Marvel, gives him a particularly relevant perspective on the intellectual property of franchises in traditional and new media,” said van Dyk. “I’ve known him for a long time, and he will be an invaluable colleague as we build Nexon Studios.”
Nexon Studios will look to leverage its parent company’s game portfolio. Nexon is one of the world’s largest game developers and publishers, with a presence in 190 countries, including major Asian markets such as China and Korea. In 2022, Nexon plans to release games from the virtual world, including Arc Raiders, a title expected from the Swedish studios Embark. Its existing gaming franchises include MapleStory, KartRider and Dungeon and fighter.