November 4, 1973 |
Nathon Gunn (born November 4, 1973) is a new media entrepreneur and CEO of Lightning Ignite, an app management and development platform spun out of Social Game Universe, a Toronto-based mobile game and application developer. He also co-founded the multimedia studio Bitcasters in 1996 with Duane Wall and supervised and implemented internet strategy for the former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin.
In 2009, his philanthropic game History Game Canada, won a MacArthur Foundation award for Innovation in Participatory Learning. It was inspired by and created in partnership with Tom Axworthy. Gunn was a founding Director of the Board for Serious Games Canada.
Gunn is a film and TV director, producer and editor, and has won awards for various commercial and artistic endeavors such as short films and major-label music videos, including PromaxBDA Awards for Games and On Air Promotions for his work with the Family Channel and MuchMusic Video Awards for videos like Our Lady Peace’s “In Repair” (Spiritual Machines).
Gunn currently serves as CEO of Lightning Platform, which has developed software for entrepreneurs. Lightning derived from Social Game Universe, for which Gunn was credited as lead game designer. The company was a pioneer in cross application interaction and created an ad banner system, IGAPI, that leverages social media and game mechanics for product discovery.
Gunn created the first backstage webcasts for the Grammy Awards in 1994 and coordinated the internet broadcast from 50 clubs and 500 bands at the New York Music Festival in 1996. He also co-developed the first e-CDs for BMG USA.
In 1996, he co-founded Bitcasters, a multimedia studio. The company’s first project was an interactive video game for MuchMusic, and Gunn went on to develop BDA and Emma award-winning educational games for the Charles Bronfman Foundation, The Walt Disney Company and Family Channel played in aggregate over 800 million times.
Gunn is a former fellow of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University and has served for half a dozen years as a Director of the Board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation under Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Ontario) and continuously on the Audit Committee.
Gunn has contributed to books and magazines. His article in "The New Liberalism" was cited by Canada's national newspaper for its focus on trying to increase the connection between citizens and the policy makers that serve them.
In 2009, Gunn founded Social Game Universe in Toronto, Canada, with the stated goal of creating a network of interconnected small casual games that in aggregate would form a digital universe of players interacting while playing diverse games.
In 2013, LightningPlatform / Lightning Ignite was spun out of Social Game Universe, and Gunn became CEO of the new company.
Several innovative digital applications have been created with Lightning, including pioneering second screen applications for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television shows Over the Rainbow and Battle of the Blades.
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