Val has spent much of his career managing businesses and investments across multiple industries. His principal philosophy is to invest in people and impactful relationships.
Val also serves as the Chairman of New Republic Pictures, a movie production and financing company founded together with veteran producer Brian Oliver, dedicated to producing major theatrical motion pictures for wide studio release with budgets up to and above $100M.
Drawing from his extensive experience in the corporate world and entertainment sector, Val is responsible for business development and strategy for Deviation Games.
A writer, director and producer, Anthony is best known for his pioneering work on the blockbuster "Call of Duty" video game franchise.
Born in Liverpool, England, Anthony received a first-class Bachelor of Science honors degree from Lancaster University in Computer Science, majoring in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to produce Call of Duty games for Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox. He was the Game Director and writer of Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 & 2, which were respectively the #2 and #3 best selling games of the last decade (Source: Forbes.com). Black Ops is one of the best-selling franchises in video game history, selling over 100 million copies. Collectively, the Call of Duty franchise he helped shape grossed many billions of dollars.
Outside of the video game industry, Dave is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a distinguished Washington D.C. think tank.
As a director and producer, Blundell has been at the forefront of the FPS genre for the past 15 years. Born in England, he moved to California in 2006 to produce Call of Duty, which led to him becoming the Executive Producer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 thru 4.
Combining his deep passion for storytelling and love of working with development teams, Blundell became the Game Director and public face of the Call of Duty: Zombies franchise. Blundell redefined what was possible with what was at first seen as bonus content into a massive sub franchise within its own right.
A talent acquisition and human resources professional with over 20 years of experience specializing in talent management, talent strategy, candidate and employee experience, employer branding, and HRIS systems implementation.
Kriste has staffed and supported over 20 AAA game titles in her career, being instrumental in building flagship teams at Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
With experience spanning a variety of sectors, Kriste has led and managed teams and hired top talent consisting of technical, creative, executive, and university professionals.
She graduated from Stephens College (1833-the second oldest women's college in the United States) in Columbia, Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.