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Jake Zim is the Senior Vice President of Virtual Reality for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Zim works to develop the strategy, creative, production and distribution of the film studio’s slate of narrative virtual reality content. The L.A. Times called Zim’s appointment “the first VR czar at a major studio.” Jake Zim joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution as Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing in 2011. Before joining Sony, he was Vice President, Digital Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox.
In 2005 Zim was hired as Director of Digital Media Marketing at Lionsgate, the leading independent film studio. Zim directed the digital campaigns for such titles as the Academy Award winning Crash and box office successes such as Saw II, Hostel and Madea's Family Reunion.
From 2006-2008 Jake ran the digital team at Fox Atomic. As Vice President of Online Marketing he developed digital theatrical marketing campaigns for 28 Weeks Later, The Comebacks, Turistas and The Hills Have Eyes 2. During that time he joined the Fox team that partnered with NBC to launch Hulu.
Safran Digital Group
In 2008 Zim served as Chief Operating Officer of Safran Digital Group (SDG), a digital media entertainment company that finances, develops and distributes entertainment programming and technologies for digital platforms. Safran Digital Group, headed by Peter Safran, the veteran Hollywood producer and talent manager, was hired by Microsoft to produce original content for the Xbox 360. At Safran Digital Group (SDG) Jake Zim executive produced programming such as Xbox's first-ever original series Horror Meets Comedy and Spike.com’s “PGP”.
Twentieth Century Fox
Prior to joining Sony, Zim was Vice President, Digital Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox. He led the digital marketing strategy for Avatar, including the record-breaking launch of the trailer on Apple Trailers, which received over 4 million streams in 24 hours. He also led the strategies for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Date Night, The A-Team, Predators, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Unstoppable, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and, Rio.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jake Zim joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution as Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing in 2011. Projects undertaken during his tenure in this position include Angry Birds (film), The Walk, Chappie, No Good Deed, The Monuments Men, Captain Phillips, RoboCop, Skyfall, Men in Black 3, Moneyball, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street Zim and his team received a 2014 Webby Award for Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise.
Zim partnered with hyper-reality pioneers The Void and Madame Tussauds New York to create a virtual reality experience called Ghostbusters: Dimension. The experience was engineered by The Void in collaboration with the film’s director Paul Feig and Ghostbusters creator Ivan Reitman. Past VR experiences from Sony include theatrical promotions for “Goosebumps” and “The Walk” (with PlayStation VR), both of which were adapted as mobile VR experiences ahead of their respective home entertainment releases. In 2015, Zim partnered with D-Box to debut the Goosebumps Virtual Reality Adventure.
Digital Marketing Campaign History
Jake Zim graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley where he was also a member of the 1998 MCLA National Championship Lacrosse Team. He received his MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School.
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