ABOUT

DEPT. STUDIOS, INC. IS AN ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY WITH A MISSION TO CREATE ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT PHENOMENA BASED ON GLOBALLY FAMOUS STORIES.
WE FUSE INTERACTIVE THEATRICS AND CUTTING-EDGE TECH TO CREATE ONCE IN A LIFETIME, MULTI-PLATFORM, ALTERNATE REALITY EXPERIENCES THAT PUT FANS AS THE PROTAGONIST OF THEIR OWN JOURNEY.
DEPARTMENT STUDIOS COMBINES GLOBAL TALENT (SLEEP NO MORE, SECRET CINEMA, MEOW WOLF, ELROW) WITH ANCHOR INVESTOR KEVIN P RYAN (MONGODB, BUSINESS INSIDER, DOUBLE CLICK) TO PIONEER CREATIVITY AND COMMERCIAL EXCELLENCE THAT TRULY CHANGES THE FACE OF THIS EXCITING NEW INDUSTRY FOR FANS WORLDWIDE.

PROJECTS & PRESS

COMING SOON

PEOPLE

OUR LEADERSHIP

GIVES US AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE

PEOPLE

OUR LEADERSHIP

GIVES US AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE

JESSICA REES MIDDLETON

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

• Founding Partner and CEO of Department UK 7 years

• 15 years experience producing a global, diverse slate of projects

• Specialist in the delivery of high-budget interactive experiences for an array of blue-chip international clients & studio partners

• Influential role as Project
Director on the BBC Digital’s Live Events program growth into largest world coverage of music events

JONNY GRANT

FOUNDER & CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

• Creative & Commercial Lead of many high-end interactive theatrical experiences for major international brands

• Director of UEFA and the FA Cup opening ceremonies

• Commercials director for brands including Pepsi, Heineken and Lexus

• Former ECD of Irresistible Films, award winning digital content agency

KEVIN RYAN

ANCHOR INVESTOR & CHAIRMAN

• Leading NY serial entrepreneur and former CEO of DoubleClick managing over 2500 employees

• Co-founder of MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, and Nomad Health, as well as several other companies

• Combined, these companies have raised more than $700 million in venture capital funding

VICENC MARTI

FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER

• President of Elrow - Global Immersive clubbing phenomenon

• CEO of Tangelo Games

• Former CMO of Vueling Airlines

• Speaks four languages: English, French, Spanish & Catalan

• Enjoys sports, cooking, reading and following FC Barcelona wherever they play

HAMISH JENKINSON

FOUNDER &
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

• Founded The Old Vic tunnels and The Vaults: London’s most successful immersive theatre venue

• Producing multi sensory experiences with Punchdrunk and Secret Cinema; Tunnel 228, Battle for Algiers

• Creative Director of Life RX starring Jude Law, & Toyota Flow starring Milla Jovovich

• ECD on FIFA World Congress, World Cup, Russia and Womens World Cup, Paris

CORE TEAM

BRINGS IMPOSSIBLE IDEAS TO LIFE

CHAD CONTI

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

• 15 years of leadership in finance operations, corporate development and hospitality asset management

• Finance Director for Marriott International, Ian Schrager & Rosewood Hotel Group

• VP of Finance for Meow Wolf, managed $150m capital raise, investor relations and business development

• New Mexico startup advisor for ActivateNM and the Santa Fe Business Incubator

NAOMI SIEGEL

HR MANAGER /
ASSISTANT PRODUCER / EA CEO

• Over 8 years of experience specializing in Theatrical HR

• 6 years in the HR/Finance department at Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc.

• First Director of HR at Creative Goods Merchandise

• 2 years as an Independent Theatrical HR Consultant

• NYC resident with a passion for Theater

NICK RIGGALL

DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

• 20 years in technology, startups, agencies, and innovation focusing on rapid prototyping and product development.

• Former VP, Emerging Technologies and founder of GPJ Labs at experience marketing agency George P. Johnson.

• Actively engaged in tech thought leadership and visiting lecturer to the next generation of talent for creative industries.

• Expertise partnering with Allianz, Google, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, Unilever, and Xbox.

MICHELLE BERRY

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

• Over 17 years experience in Sales, marketing, and Business Development within the live entertainment industry.

• Helped to lead mass profitability growth for live venue operations in the UK.

• Former Head of Sales and Marketing for Academy Music Group and Live Nation UK.

• Global event management experience establishing brand IP and market positioning.

CORE TEAM

BRINGS IMPOSSIBLE IDEAS TO LIFE

PRESS

Department Studios, Inc. and Myriad Entertainment partner with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to bring a unique immersive DC-themed experience to major cities around the world.
London premiere expected early 2022


London, UK. (August 03, 2021) - Department Studios, Inc. and announced today they have entered a global licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to create a new and unique immersive experience inspired by the world of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. 

Department Studios, Inc. was launched by Jessica Rees Middleton and Jonny Grant, founders of The Department Agency and pioneers in creating ground-breaking, hyper real immersive experiences commercially. Department Studios, Inc. was created to harness their incredible skill set and talent and channel it into producing original immersive entertainment phenomena based on globally famous stories.

Myriad Entertainment has its roots in critically lauded West-End productions, award-winning television, and some of the most ambitious narrative immersive shows in the last decade. Led by theatre and television director Simon Evans alongside masters of the genre and long-term immersive theatre-practitioners Georgia Clarke-Day and David Frias-Robles, Myriad Entertainment combines thrilling storytelling with a unique approach to audience agency.

Together, they’ve assembled an international team of some of the most creatively talented artists from the worlds of stage, immersive theatre, tech and entertainment to create multi-platform experiences based on original narratives, expanding beloved stories and propelling the genre to new heights for fans worldwide.

Further information concerning Department Studios, Inc. and Myriad Entertainment’s new DC-themed immersive experience will be revealed later this year.

About Department Studios, Inc.
Department Studios, Inc. was founded in 2019 by Jessica Rees Middleton (The Dept), Jonny Grant (The Dept, Irresistible Films), Vicenc Marti (Elrow, Tangelo Games), and Hamish Jenkinson (The Dept, Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema, The Old Vic Tunnels), with anchor investor Kevin P Ryan (DoubleClick, MongoDC, Business Insider), to pioneer creativity and commercial excellence that truly changes the face of this exciting new industry for fans worldwide. Department Studios, Inc. is an entertainment company with a mission to create original immersive entertainment phenomena based on globally famous stories. We fuse interactive theatrics and cutting-edge tech to create once in a lifetime, multiplatform, alternate reality experiences that put fans as the protagonist of their own journey.

About Myriad Entertainment: Myriad Entertainment was founded in 2016 by Georgia Clarke-Day, Simon Evans, and David Frias-Robles. With a background in classical storytelling, Myriad knows the value of narrative: we create choice laden, three-dimensional theatre; led by live performance but inhabited and influenced by our audience. We chase epic and cinematic stories, but celebrate the theatrical, collaborating with the best creative artists to build a world. Our guiding principle is that true immersion requires intention, decision, and action: you own your own story. We build worlds. There are Myriad ways through.

About DC: DC, a WarnerMedia Company, creates iconic characters, enduring stories, and immersive experiences that inspire and entertain audiences of every generation around the world and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. As a creative division, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com.

About Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment: Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment (WBTE), part of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, is a worldwide leader in the creation, development and licensing of location-based entertainment, live events, exhibits and theme park experiences based on WarnerMedia’s iconic characters, stories, and brands. WBTE is home to the ground-breaking global locations of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, WB Movie World Australia, and countless other experiences inspired by DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby, Game of Thrones, Friends and more. With best-in-class partners, WBTE allows fans around the world to physically immerse themselves inside their favorite brands and franchises

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