Imagendary Studios appoints Jason Hayes as Audio Director and Matt Cordner as Senior Technical Artist

Both multiple award-winning game industry veterans join Irvine studio acquired by FunPlus in 2021

Imagendary Studios has announced that it has appointed Jason Hayes to the position of Audio Director and Matt Cordner as Senior Technical Artist in its Irvine, CA studio. Both of them bring over 20 years of experience from other best-in-class entertainment studios and projects, including considerable career spans at Blizzard Entertainment.

Imagendary Studios, established in January 2021 and then acquired by FunPlus, is currently working on its first original AAA development using Epic Games’ latest Unreal 5 Engine. The first animated trailer of this upcoming game will be released later in 2022.

We’re so excited to have both Jason and Matt join our Irvine team at Imagendary, said Ryan Pollreisz, Studio Manager at Imagendary Studios. He further added,

It’s such a privilege to be surrounded by multiple award-winning colleagues who are capable of delivering the most exciting projects and innovations. Imagendary’s goal is  to grow into a truly global pan-entertainment company, and we continue to hire more exceptionally talented people to lead us forward into  the future of entertainment

Ryan Pollreisz, Studio Manager, Imagendary Studios

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Jason Hayes is multiple award-winning composer well known for his long-standing career at Blizzard Entertainment, playing a leading role in some of the most iconic musical scores in games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo.

Prior to joining Imagendary Studios, Jason also worked on many different projects in the gaming industry, being the composer of musical scores for Valve Corporation (Dota 2, Counter-Strike) and serving as Music Director for Riot Games (League of Legends).

His music hasn’t only been played in games; Jason’s compositions have been performed by symphony orchestras all over the world in various concerts including the LA Philharmonic among others.

Imagendary Studios new  Audio Director and new Senior Technical Artist
Imagendary Studios new Audio Director and new Senior Technical Artist

Prior to joining Imagendary’s Irvine studio, Matt Cordner worked on numerous projects within the film industry as a Technical Director, Programmer, and Effects Artist for iconic Hollywood blockbusters such as 97’ Godzilla as well as for tier 1 entertainment companies like Sony Pictures.

Later on, Matt jumped into the gaming industry also with Blizzard Entertainment, holding the role of Senior FX Artist specialized in the development of cinematics. It was at this time that Matt received one of the highest distinctions in the entertainment industry, winning the Academy Award for his Technical Achievement for the invention of the Pose Space Deformation (PSD), a technique specialized in improving the realism in CG Special Effects.

The team continues to recruit world-class talents from the global market to build a truly international first-class content creation team. The project is to add another 100 employees in North America within the next two years.

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