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|Session Name:||Implementing Pixar's Brain Trust Model at King and How It All Went Wrong|
|Speaker(s):||Stephen Jarrett, Bob Woodburn|
|Company Name(s):||King, King|
|Track / Format:||GDC Mobile Summit|
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|Overview:||Pixar's Brain Trust is a small group of creative leaders at Pixar who oversee development on all movies. The group came about during the development of 'Toy Story' and is an open candid forum where creative leaders get together with a movie's director to openly discuss problems and solutions. Pixar claims this is a huge success and has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row. Sounds like this should work for game development too, right? Like most games companies, King tried to implement a similar system called the the Product Champions, a team of talented and experienced individuals in production, art, and game design that would advise and help game teams lift quality. This talk is about what went wrong and how the King team feels now, 2 years later, and how they may have finally made it work.|