Jim Stewartson is an entrepreneur and executive with 20 years of leadership experience combining technology and entertainment to create groundbreaking companies, products and platforms.
Jim is Senior Producer for Niantic Labs at Google, leading design and development of an alternate reality game for ENDGAME, a major entertainment franchise by best-‐selling author, James Frey.
Previously, as Co-‐Founder and CEO of Fourth Wall Studios, Jim built a world-‐class team that created the entertainment platform, RIDES.tv, and a dozen original content series for it. Shows on RIDES.tv reach out to the viewer on multiple devices, synchronizing text, calls and email, second screen video, interactive components, and gamification elements into a seamless, immersive experience. The first major production by the company, DIRTY WORK, won the first-‐ever Primetime Emmy® for Original Interactive Content.
Prior to Fourth Wall, Jim was a founder of 42 Entertainment where he designed, developed and delivered solutions for massive branded entertainment projects including the pioneering alternate reality games, I Love Bees for Halo 2, Year Zero for Nine Inch Nails and Why So Serious? for The Dark Knight. His direction on these projects garnered him a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an Innovation Award at the Game Developers Conference, as well as two Webbys.
Formerly, as the Founder, President and CTO of Shout Interactive, Jim developed the first virtual reality game to be delivered over the Web for Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, and subsequently headed numerous award-‐winning online experiences for notable brands and properties including, Titanic, Lost in Space, Starship Troopers, CNN, Intel, Sony, IBM, France Telecom, NBC and the Olympics.
Jim has appeared in many articles for publications such as Wired, LA Times, New York Times, Fast Company, and Variety. Jim speaks regularly around the world at venues such as Cannes Lions, MIPTV, AppsWorld and Digital Hollywood, and is a frequent guest speaker at USC and UCLA. He’s a member of the Interactive Media Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the New Media Council at the Producers Guild of America.